Archive for March, 2014

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Kadena Elementary School pupils to send satchels to Afghanistan

Kadena Elementary School pupils to send satchels to Afghanistan

March 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen nine pupils of the sixth-year grade of Kadena Elementary School will send ten satchels that they have used for six years, and writing materials to children in Afghanistan. The pupils are graduating from the elementary school on March 19. They want all the children in Afghanistan to be able go to school. Nao Asato and Yumeri Taira were really impressed when they read a picture book in which the children in Afghanistan received the donated school bags...

 

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

Young people hold sanshin concert commemorating the work of Buten Onaha

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ishikawa Youth Association Buten-Kai held a sanshin concert at a plaza known as Buten-hiroba, in Uruma City on March 4.

Buten Onaha (1897-1969) was a dentist from Okinawa who worked as a producer and creator of comedy during the reconstruction period...

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

New green leaves mark the beginning of spring in Okinawa

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

New green leaves have grown from the buds in the northern part of Okinawa, marking the beginning of spring.

On March 16, a clear day, people visited Nagao bridge on Okuni forest road in Kunigani Village to view the new green leaves.

On warm days in...

Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

Cycling event Sugar Ride Kumejima held

March 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The third Sugar Ride Kumejima started at Ojima on March 16. Cyclists enjoyed touring around Kumejima Town, which has rich nature.

Over the 130 kilometer-Challenge course, the participants did three laps of the island. In the 90 kilometer-Athlete course, they...

Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes created of Okinawan goat

Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes created of Okinawan goat

March 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Southern Beach Hotel and Resort in Itoman City on March 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government held a sampling party of goat meat dishes to expand the market of locally grown goat meat. The government asked four chefs of the hotel to create 14 Japanese, Western,...

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in Okinawa City

St. Patrick's Day celebrated in Okinawa City

March 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, at the Central Park Avenue in Okinawa City, local residents celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, the largest event in Ireland. About 120 people, wearing Ireland’s national color green costumes, marched on the street to Irish music played by a band....

Defense Minister estimates total cost of Henoko relocation at more than 350 billion yen

March 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Upper House Foreign Affairs Defense Committee meeting on March 13, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera stated that the total cost of moving U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, would be at least 350 billion yen. It is the first time that the...

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

DNA analysis identifies human remains in the Battle of Okinawa

March 13, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has carried out DNA analysis on the human remains that were found in Maeda district of Urasoe last July. The ministry identified the remains and found the bereaved family on March 12. The human remains belong to a Japanese...

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

A dog recovers from paraplegia one year after a hit and run accident

March 14, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

A popular one-year-old male dog named Saburo energetically plays around the coast in Itoman, running in the sea spray to the amusement of locals at Fisher Craft Center. A hit-and-run accident left him a paraplegic last summer. He lost his rear left...

One-thousand member committee criticizes government’s reinterpretation of Constitution

One-thousand member committee criticizes government's reinterpretation of Constitution

March 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an attempt to prevent the reinterpreting of Japan’s Constitution by the Abe administration to be able to defend allies who come under attack, on March 4, distinguished intellectuals set up a group called the “1000-member committee to prevent Japan...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama to set up Okinawa office of think tank

March 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The East Asian Community Institute, for which former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is president, will open an office in Naha, Okinawa next week. “I want to explore potential ways to resolve the Futenma issue,” Hatoyama said in an interview with the Ryukyu...

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