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Eight years after August 13, 2004 U.S. helicopter crash

August 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An unthinkable accident for peacetime Japan happened in Okinawa on August 13, 2004. A military helicopter operating out of U.S. Marine Corp Futenma Air Station lost control during a training exercise and crashed on the campus of Okinawa International University.

The memory of the accident remains fresh in people’s minds. Accidents like this should not occur, but because Futenma Air Station is located in the heart of a heavily populated urban...

 

Osprey’s flight control computer possible cause of crash

August 19, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

It seems that the flight control computer on an MV-22 Osprey does not follow the pilot’s orders when he is trying to regain control after a steering mistake occurs at low speed. Former chief analyst of the Institute...

Tokyo-based theater group to perform Futenma in Okinawa

Tokyo-based theater group to perform <em>Futenma</em> in Okinawa

August 13, 2012 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seinen-Gekijo, a Tokyo-based theater group, will be performing the play Futenma in five different locations in Okinawa for the first time in December. The play depicts the situation surrounding the U.S. helicopter crash onto Okinawa...

U.S. military cancels Osprey training at two airports in Hawaii

August 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 13, the U.S. military canceled the training of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft at two airports in Hawaii because of concerns that the downwash generated by the aircraft could impact upon archaeological resources.

This...

Sugarcane mysteriously flattened in Nakijin

Sugarcane mysteriously flattened in Nakijin

August 14, 2012 Takahiro Shinjo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, an area of sugarcane more than a dozen meters across was mysteriously flattened in a field behind a kamiasagi, or sacred place, in the Sakiyama district of Nakijin.

During a work break, Takashi Azama, who was...

Monument to honor Taiwanese farmers unveiled at Ishigaki

Monument to honor Taiwanese farmers unveiled at Ishigaki

August 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, an unveiling ceremony of a monument to honor Taiwanese farmers was held in the southern parking area of Nagura Dam on Ishigaki. These farmers introduced the pineapple industry and water buffalo culture to Yaeyama in the prewar period and contributed...

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

Sol-T-Shine wins at the World of Hip Hop Dance Championship

August 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2012 was held from August 1 to 5 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. About 300 teams from about 40 countries participated in the event. Sol-T-Shine, a team made up of eight Okinawan children in elementary and junior high school,...

280 tons of shima dofu shipped to Tokyo

280 tons of <em>shima dofu</em> shipped to Tokyo

August 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shipments of shima dofu are on the rise. A year after it began to gradually expand the scale of its business, Hokugan Co., Ltd, which started shima dofu production at Nikko in Tochigi in 2009, increased its volume of shipment by 2.5 times, to...

Movie about Mr. and Mrs. Penguin, the couple that triggered the boom in chunky hot sesame oil condiment

Movie about Mr. and Mrs. Penguin, the couple that triggered the boom in chunky hot sesame oil condiment

August 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, a press conference for a movie entitled Penguin Fufu was held with the actual couple and members of the cast present. The movie tells the story of their bond as a married couple and depicts many interesting...

Senior Research Fellow of U.S. think tank recommends that national security imperatives should trump what suits Okinawa

August 15, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On the topic of the Futenma relocation issue, in his report published in June 2011, Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, suggested that...

Three young people from South America eager to learn about Okinawan culture

Three young people from South America eager to learn about Okinawan culture

August 7, 2010 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 1, the opening ceremony for the 27th South America Youth Internship was held at Ginoza Village International Exchange Center. Its goal was to welcome three young people from Argentina, Brazil, and Peru who are descendants of migrants from Ginoza Village.

This...

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