Archive for September, 2013

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Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

Okinawa City starts virtual broadcasting station Koza TV

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From the beginning of July, the Okinawa City Culture Tourism Division has started a virtual broadcasting station called Koza TV. Through their website they introduce events, key people and behind-the-scenes information on economic development projects in Okinawa City.

The division provides high-quality videos in cooperation with television production companies and updates the programs every Friday afternoon.

There are six channels in total....

 

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

Climax of Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival

September 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifteen groups took part in the final day of the 58th Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival in Okinawa City on September 1. The city is widely recognized as a symbol of eisa dance. People from inside and outside the city took part in the festival.

The crowd was...

Tokashiki Village office worker debuts as mixed martial arts fighter

Tokashiki Village office worker debuts as mixed martial arts fighter

September 1, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-five-year-old Tokashiki Village employee Kiyoya Toyama made his debut in a mixed martial arts event held in Matsuyama, Naha on August 25.

Fighting under the ring name Hija Devil, Toyama is the first mixed martial...

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

Golden Dragons, auspicious clouds on the pillars in Shurijo Castle

August 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Repair work on the pillars of the Seiden (State Hall) in Shurijo Castle, which began in February, has reached the final stage. The painting of golden dragons and auspicious clouds on the pillars by craftsmen began on August 26 and will end in early September. Four...

University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

August 22, 2013 Hideyoshi Noho, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Iheya Village held an annual course to invite students from the University of Tokyo as tutors for students in the village during summer vacation on August 10. This is the third time the village has held the course. With an...

Exploratory drilling for natural gas in Miyako

Exploratory drilling for natural gas in Miyako

September 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government started exploratory drilling for natural gas in Gusukubebora, Miyako on August 31.

The government plans to carry out exploratory drilling at three sites in Okinawa. To start with, they are working on the drilling in Miyako....

Okinawa government provides information about Henoko relocation

August 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government has filed an application to the Governor of Okinawa for permission to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago in preparation for relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The Okinawa Prefectural Government has received 3,500 statements of...

[Editorial] U.S. military’s shameful cover up of Osprey crash in Nevada

August 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

How long will the U.S. military continue to hide information? The latest example is the accident in which an MV-22 Osprey failed when landing in Nevada. The U.S. military provided few answers to questions from the Ryukyu Shimpo. They went no further than saying...

Memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

Memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 69 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many schoolchildren was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service was held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 350 people, including survivors, bereaved families,...

High level PCBs found in mongooses near Futenma Air Station

August 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A study group from Ehime University and Meio University has discovered high levels of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in mongooses caught near U.S. military bases such as Futenma Air Station in Ginowan. Levels of PCBs in these mongooses were up to 8.9 times...

British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

British missionary Bettelheim court-martialed during American Civil War

August 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

British missionary and physician Dr. Bernard Bettelheim stayed in the Ryukyu Kingdom for eight years from 1846 before leaving Okinawa with Commodore Perry’s fleet. It is now known that he served as a surgeon during the American Civil War (1861-1865) after...

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