Archive for November, 2012

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Member of the U.S. military belonging to Futenma Air Station deserts

November 22 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Military Base Affairs Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government has reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan that one of the military personnel based at Futenma Air Station has deserted. It would seem that this person has not yet been apprehended.

According to the division, the U.S. military confirmed on November 9 that the person had deserted and U.S. Forces Japan (UFJ) reported this to the ministry on November 16. The Governors’...

 

Kinoshita Circus to perform in Okinawa

Kinoshita Circus to perform in Okinawa

November 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To help commemorate the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the Ryukyu Shimpo the Kinoshita Circus will begin performances in Okinawa from December 1 at a special venue set up in Toyosaki Town in Tomigusuku City. Some of the circus staff arrived in Okinawa...

Dolphin fish dried in preparation for winter

Dolphin fish dried in preparation for winter

November 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Ginama Fishing Port in Kunigami, work has begun to sun-dry funuyu or dolphin fish, which are popular in winter. On November 16, curtains of fleshy dolphin fish were hung out in the early winter sunlight.

October to December is the season to catch...

Seika sausage wins top award in the Fish 1 Grand Prix in Itoman

Seika sausage wins top award in the Fish 1 Grand Prix in Itoman

November 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 18, the award ceremony for the Fish 1 Grand Prix was held at the sea park in Itoman. It is an event held as part of the Festa 2012 aimed at creating a rich sea off Okinawa. The Mizumi Co., located in Nanjo won the Grand Prix among a total of 26 exhibitors...

Urasoe Technical High School students develop pie snack with Lawson Okinawa

Urasoe Technical High School students develop pie snack with Lawson Okinawa

November 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 7, Urasoe Technical High School and major convenience store Lawson Okinawa announced that they have developed a product called Sakutto Time, a snack food product using taro.

They started selling it on November 13 in all Lawson stores in Okinawa...

Yabiji coral reef community and tsunami stones designated as natural treasures

Yabiji coral reef community and tsunami stones designated as natural treasures

November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16, the Council for Cultural Affairs recommended that Education Minister Makiko Tanaka formally designate the Yabiji coral reef community of Miyako-jima as a place of scenic beauty, and the tsunami stones of the east coast of Ishigaki-jima as a natural...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly decides to lodge a protest against the latest crimes committed by U.S. military personnel

November 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the recent crimes committed by U.S. military personnel, including the member of the United States Army Air Force who trespassed and then assaulted a teenage boy, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a special meeting on November 16 in which it unanimously...

90 dB low-frequency sound recorded in classroom during Osprey take off

90 dB low-frequency sound recorded in classroom during Osprey take off

November 16, 2012 Kenta Masuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, Takeshi Tokashiki, an associate professor of the University of the Ryukyus, conducted a low-frequency sound measurement survey in No. 2 Futenma Elementary School when the MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft took off from U.S. Marine...

U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant suspected of trespassing knew he was violating the curfew

November 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 24 year-old U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant based at Camp Foster and suspected of trespassing in a room of a building in Naha on November 18, initially denied the charges during police questioning after his arrest, claiming that a Japanese woman he met at a...

Volunteers from Japan and abroad bring the energy of young people to Yona, Kunigami

Volunteers from Japan and abroad bring the energy of young people to Yona, Kunigami

November 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seven youth volunteers visited Yona and Kunigami from Japan and abroad. On November 6, they made amidaki (bamboo fences) and participated in mowing the grass on roads, harvesting crops, and community sports festival with the local residents of Yona and...

Okinawan musician performs in the United States

Okinawan musician performs in the United States

November 12, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Takane Kochihira, an Okinawan sanshin player, songwriter and Okinawan cultural coordinator, has given live performances on the west coast of the United States. In a 10-day period, Kochihira performed at places such as Japanese-American...

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