Archive for January, 2014

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Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

December 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Kurara Chibana, a 31-year-old model from Okinawa, as their first national ambassador to Japan. She will carry out a public relations role for the WFP during her two-year tenure. At the swearing-in ceremony at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Chibana said, “Through my passion and drive I would like to convey the mission of the WFP to as many people as possible. I will go wherever...

 

Okinawa Jazz Association lights up Naha with colorful vocals

Okinawa Jazz Association lights up Naha with colorful vocals

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, the Okinawa Jazz Association held a Christmas concert at the Naha Civic Hall. This is the first part of a series focusing on jazz vocalists. The OJA Jazz Orchestra and COCKTAIL played various songs, including several jazz standards. Takako Afuso,...

90 percent of students in Miyako Island not using local dialect

90 percent of students in Miyako Island not using local dialect

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Miyako Dialect Promotion Group surveyed elementary and junior high school students in Taira City about the Miyako dialect. More than 90 percent of the respondents answered that they “do not use” or “rarely use” Myaku utsu or the Miyako...

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and the Naha Port Authority approved the landfill for extending the runway of Naha Airport on January 9. The Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office, has submitted the landfill application. According to the plan, the construction...

40 people turn into zombies in Okinawa City

40 people turn into zombies in Okinawa City

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 40 people turned into zombies by special makeup effects in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on December 28. They will appear in Haisai Zombie, a short film that the Okinawa City KOZA Film Office creates.

Yoshihiro Nishimura, who has been...

Okinawa Assembly demands that Okinawa Governor resign

January 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary session in the evening of January 10. The majority of the assembly members approved the resolution to demand that Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima resign. In the resolution, they protested against Nakaima’s...

New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

New Diplomacy Initiative hosts symposium on the Henoko issue at Nago

January 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo based think tank the New Diplomacy Initiative held a symposium on the theme, “Rethinking the relocation of the US Futenma Air Station to Henoko,” at the Nago Civic Hall on January 10. This think tank makes diplomacy policy recommendations to...

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka tries first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Indian elephant Ryuka tried kakizome or first calligraphy at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She wrote this year’s Chinese zodiac sign of Horse in kanji, holding a special customized brush for calligraphy with her trunk. In tribute to...

Itoman restaurant receives award for design

Itoman restaurant receives award for design

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman Fishers Restaurant in the Nishizaki district of Itoman received the JCD Design Award and Good Design Award for fiscal 2013.

In the fishing village of Itoman, the locals used to build their houses by loading up coral limestones.

The architect...

New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

New Year bullfighting tournament held in Uruma City

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2nd New Year bullfighting tournament, sponsored by the Ginowan-Bullfighting Union and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co., was held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma. The Yokozuna match between top ranked bulls was a showcase matchup between the two huge fighting...

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

Team Yaeyama Norin makes final in low-carbon championship

January 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Norin High School Civil Engineering Department Environmental Engineering Project Team made it to the final in the Student Project Division for the Low-carbon Championship 2014. Groups, companies and schools nationwide presented their projects for preventing...

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