Archive for March, 2013

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Uma-harase horse racing revived after 70 years

<em>Uma-harase</em> horse racing revived after 70 years

March 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, at the Water and Green Square in the Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City, the zoo and the Ryukyu Shimpo held an event for Okinawan traditional horse racing known as uma-harase.

Many spectators cheered when the cute horses ran gracefully around the course. Nineteen horses took part in the race, the first of its kind in 70 years. Before the war, uma-harase races were held in festivals in many districts...

 

Schools to teach history of the Ryukyu Islands

Schools to teach history of the Ryukyu Islands

March 4, 2013 Kenta Masuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nakagusuku Education Board will permit elementary schools teach the history of the Ryukyu Islands from the 2014 academic year by taking advantage of a system that allows designated schools to create their own programs without strictly adhering...

New Ishigaki Airport holds opening ceremony

New Ishigaki Airport holds opening ceremony

March 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, an opening ceremony was held in the domestic terminal building of the New Ishigaki Airport,...

[Editorial] Sentencing two U.S. Navy sailors for raping Okinawan woman Japan-U.S. Status-of-Forces Agreement needs to be revised

March 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha District Court sentenced one sailor to ten years in prison (12-years recommended), and the...

Okinawa International Movie Festival to kick off on March 23

Okinawa International Movie Festival to kick off on March 23

February 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival will be held from March 23 to 30 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan and various other venues. At a special press conference held at the headquarters of Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., in Tokyo on February 19, many comedians,...

Naha court rejects need for new environmental assessment for Futenma relocation

Naha court rejects need for new environmental assessment for Futenma relocation

February 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, the Naha District Court rejected a lawsuit in which 621 plaintiffs claimed that the central government’s approach to the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the relocation of the facilities currently at Futenma to the coastal area of Camp...

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a performance commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Okinawan eisa taiko ensemble Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko was held at the Okinawa City Hall. A total of 350 performers including 60 from 30 branches in Japan outside of Okinawa, and...

Documentary movie about the secret of longevity in Okinawa previewed in Paris

Documentary movie about the secret of longevity in Okinawa previewed in Paris

February 18, 2013 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 23, a television documentary movie entitled La Force de l’Age, Power of Age, about the secret to longevity in Okinawa was previewed at a theater in Paris for people involved in the television industry....

Japan ready to ratify Hague Convention Bill

February 16, 2013 Ami Chibana of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is working towards early acceptance of the Hague Children’s Convention, which defines the rules for handling of children born to couples in failed international marriages. It is expected that the bill will be submitted...

A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a volunteer group found a large quantity of ordnance in a shelter in Itoman. There were 861 bullets, five hand-grenades and one artillery round that had been stored there during the Battle of Okinawa.

Seventy four year-old Naha resident...

Oyama residents set up Taimo fan club

Oyama residents set up Taimo fan club

February 18, 2013 Yukito Toyama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, volunteers set up the Oyama Taimo Fan Club to let people know about the potatoes produced in the Oyama district of Ginowan. Taimo is a tropical plant grown primarily as an edible root vegetable. It goes by...

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