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OPG to set up Karate-do Hall in Tomigusuku

OPG to set up Karate-do Hall in Tomigusuku

March 14, 2013 Michiyo Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Karate-do Hall Planning Committee has put together a draft plan for the Tomigusuku Castle Park in Tomigusuku to be the construction site of the Karate-do Hall that will become a hub of Okinawan karate. In the near future, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima will decide upon the specific details. To date, in addition to Tomigusuku, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) had listed Naha, Urasoe, Okinawa City, and Itoman as candidate sites.

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Ichigo Group to build solar power plant in Nago

March 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Real estate management company Ichigo Group Holdings will construct an eight-megawatt solar power plant on what used to be the Yukari Farm in Futami, Nago.
This will be the biggest solar plant in Okinawa, and the largest owned by the company in Japan. Ichigo...

Naha Airport closed after Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter gets flat tire

Naha Airport closed after Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter gets flat tire

March 13, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

At around 1:07pm, on March 12, at Naha Airport, a F-5 fighter belonging to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) stopped on the runway after its left tire became flat during landing. According to a spokesperson for the Naha base no injuries were reported. The...

Air China International to resume flights between Beijing and Naha in July

March 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Air China International has decided that on July 3 it will resume flights between Beijing and Naha that have been suspended since last October. The airline will operate this return service twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday. The company had canceled the service...

F/A 18 Hornets drop cluster bombs in the sea around Okinawa

F/A 18 Hornets drop cluster bombs in the sea around Okinawa

March 15 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, four F/A 18 Hornets belonging to units based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni took off from Kadena Air Base.
The fighter aircraft are reported to have conducted training over the sea around Okinawa, where they dropped at least 14 of the 18 cluster...

Okinawan Intellectuals criticize Japanese government for political use of the Emperor

Okinawan Intellectuals criticize Japanese government for political use of the Emperor

March 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawans are critical of the Japanese government planning to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty after the San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect in 1952. The people of Okinawa see this date as a...

Young woman becomes popular for her skill at slicing up tuna

Young woman becomes popular for her skill at slicing up tuna

March 10, 2013 Masaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently, an 18 year-old woman who works at the seafood market Osakana Center in the Itoman Roadside Station in Itoman, has attracted praise for her skill at slicing up tuna. Wakana Nohara from Ozato, Nanjo, has been cutting up three or four tuna...

Hijiki seaweed harvest begins

<em>Hijiki</em> seaweed harvest begins

March 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year’s hijiki seaweed harvest began on the morning of March 10 along the coast at Itarashiki in Yonabaru. This brown seaweed found on rocky coastlines is a local specialty of Yonabaru. Members of the Fisheries Cooperative in Nishihara and Yonabaru...

American veteran passes on information about Okinawa’s postwar history

March 11, 2013 Tamiko Suzuki Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Through his website entitled REMEMBERING OKINAWA HISTORY, American veteran Donn Cuson, who currently resides in the suburbs of Tucson, Arizona, provides information on Okinawan history under the U.S. occupation from 1945 to 1972.

Cuson...

Juri-uma parade performed in Tsuji

<em>Juri-uma</em> parade performed in Tsuji

March 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1, or January 20 in the old lunar calendar, at Tsuji in Naha, one of New Year’s traditional events called hachika sogachi was organized by the Tsuji Shinshikai Foundation and other groups. Women who are Okinawan shaman or kaminchu visited...

Haebaru releases tourist guide app for smart phones

Haebaru releases tourist guide app for smart phones

March 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, the Haebaru Municipal Office introduced publically accessible WiFi and, using what is called “augmented reality,” commenced a town guide app service for smart phones under the name Haebaru Sightseeing Navi. Following on from Nanjo, Haebaru is the...

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