Archive for October, 2012

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Prefectural Assembly adopts protest resolution over rape by U.S. sailors, stating that this is beyond the limit of people’s patience

October 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 22, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a special meeting in which it unanimously passed a protest resolution and accepted a written statement of opinion regarding the case in which two U.S. navy sailors have been charged with the rape of an Okinawan woman. In addition to a radical revision of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement and a full apology and compensation to victims, for the first time, the assembly requested that the governments...

 

Second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the United States next July

Second World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to be held in the United States next July

October 21, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

The second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival will be held in Los Angeles at the end of next June. This festival that brings together Uchinanchu youth from all around the globe is organized by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA),...

Naha adopts Uchinaguchi in employment test

October 22, 2012 Masanao Chinen of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the Naha Municipal Office announced that it will incorporate greetings in Uchinaguchi into this year’s employment test interviews. This is a part of the “Haisai, Haitai Campaign” in which staff...

Two thousand people protest in Tokyo against Osprey deployment

Two thousand people protest in Tokyo against Osprey deployment

October 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, a group lobbying against the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan held a rally in the Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall in Chiyoda, Tokyo, to protest against the deployment of the Osprey. About 2000 people took...

Peach Aviation begins its first flight from Okinawa

Peach Aviation begins its first flight from Okinawa

October 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 18, Peach Aviation, a low-cost company (LCC) related to All Nippon Airways (ANA), based at Kansai Airport, began a Kansai-Naha route. The terminal for LCC established within the ANA cargo terminal at Naha Airport also officially started. It is a one-story...

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

October 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced that they had found human and boar bones and tools made of quartz and shellfish in the 12000 year-old layer of the Old Stone Age in the Sakitari Cave Ruins in Nanjo. According...

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

October 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the final of the 52nd Miss International was held at the Budokan in Naha. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, 25, from Saga Prefecture, won Miss International 2012, ahead of 68 other beauty contest candidates from 80 countries and regions. This was the first time...

Spectacular parade at Yaese for full moon festival

Spectacular parade at Yaese for full moon festival

October 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7 at Tomimori in Yaese, a full moon festival was held in the square in front of the local community center. The town’s intangible cultural heritage, Tunchu junei (Chinese parade) and Yamatonchu junei (Japanese parade) were performed....

In Washington D.C., Okinawa Governor says, “Moving Futenma outside of Okinawa will encourage an early resolution.”

In Washington D.C., Okinawa Governor says,

October 24, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In the morning of October 23, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a symposium in Washington D.C. to discuss the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma relocation issue. In his opening speech, Governor Hirokazu...

Okinawa Governor tells the U.S. government: “We have suffered in our relationship with the U.S. military.”

Okinawa Governor tells the U.S. government:

October 24, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In the afternoon of October 22, at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima met with Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs,...

Two U.S. sailors accused of rape. Heads of Okinawa municipalities voice their indignation: “The only way to resolve this problem is to remove the bases”

Two U.S. sailors accused of rape.  Heads of Okinawa municipalities voice their indignation: “The only way to resolve this problem is to remove the bases

October 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the sexual assault case against two U.S. sailors, representatives of the municipalities, political parties and civil groups protested on October 18 to the agencies of the governments of Japan and the United States, and to the U.S. military authorities...

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