Archive for January, 2013

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Winter tankan season begins

Winter tankan season begins

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 5, you can enjoy picking tankan (similar to tangerines) at the Orange Farm in Izumi, Motobu Town. Due to damage caused by seawater and typhoons, the farm will be open only until the end of February this year, which is shorter than usual. On January 19 and 20, an all-you-can-grab tankan for 500-yen event, the Tankan Festival, and the Plant Fair will be held at the Izumi Tangerine Town Information Center.

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U.S. Marine Corps considers a new jungle warfare training facility near the United States

January 7, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of the Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 2, the Marine Corps Times reported that the U.S. Marines have considered establishing a new jungle training facility near to continental United States. The Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) is currently...

New uminchu diner to open in Itoman

New uminchu diner to open in Itoman

January 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In mid-February, Hiroyasu Tamaki will open an Itoman fishermen’s style diner in Nishizaki. The restaurant will reflect traditional Itoman uminchu (fishermen) culture, and will use fresh fish caught in the sea off Itoman. A feature of the menu is going...

Tourism Agency survey – 96 percent satisfied

Tourism Agency survey - 96 percent satisfied

January 9, 2013 Ayako Sakaguchi of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the Japan Tourism Agency released results of a survey of travel and tourism trends such as satisfaction and intention to re-visit. According to the survey, focusing on those who traveled to domestic tourist spots, Okinawa accounted...

Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

January 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, at the Press Club in the Okinawa Prefectural Government office, Teruo Hiyane, professor emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus, Ishihara Masaie, professor emeritus of the Okinawa International University and other prominent intellectuals held...

United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

January 13, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a press conference held in the Department of Defense on January 11, Michael Donley, secretary of the United States Air Force, has commented on the plan to deploy the CV-22 Osprey, an air-force variant of the MV-22...

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

December 25, 2012, Michiyo Kuniyoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum has published a new book entitled Himeyuri Students who survived — the path home from the internment camp. At the museum, the Himeyuri stories in the exhibitions or in printed materials are mainly focused...

Agibari parade held at Kowan in Urasoe

<em>Agibari</em> parade held at Kowan in Urasoe

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3, at the Kowan in Urasoe, the traditional Agibari Michijune parade was held to pray for the health and prosperity of the local people. Men from Kowan stood on floats shaped like dragon boats as they paraded about one kilometer through the village...

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

January 1, 2013 Yoko Shima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is putting together an Okinawa population growth plan for fiscal year 2013. It estimates that the population of the prefecture will peak in 2025, before then starting to decline. The OPG wants to avert...

Awamori maturation device registered

<em>Awamori</em> maturation device registered

December 25, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

In Nago, Kanemasa Kuba, a counselor a social welfare organization and Yoshiaki Matayoshi, an instructor of the Okinawa Labor Standards Association have invented and registered an awamori maturation device. It is a stand that holds an awamori...

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On around January 10, Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, visited Washington to directly convey to U.S. government officials that the prefectural government would continue to demand the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

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