Archive for April, 2015

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400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

400 people pray for lasting peace at Shimi Festival

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 11 at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, “the 8th Cornerstone of Peace Memorial Shimi Festival” was held to commemorate the war dead and honor the ancestors. Shimi ritual dishes and fruits were offered at the Okinawa Peace Memorial Monument. Ryukyuan thread balls and origami paper cranes were also laid at the memorial as about 400 people gathered to pray for lasting peace.

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Okinawa Governor Onaga meets Chinese Premier

April 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga visited China as one of the delegates of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade Japan. Onaga met the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, at the Great Hall...

Bite marks of dugong found close to Henoko relocation area

Bite marks of dugong found close to Henoko relocation area

April 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Dugong bite marks were found on April 15 at a depth of 19.7 meters under water in a part of Oura Bay adjacent to the planned Henoko base. Dugong bite marks have never been found at such a depth in Japan before. There is a possibility that the seabed-boring survey...

New US base 46 million yen donated to Henoko Fund in a week

April 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Henoko Fund, which was set up to try to prevent construction of a new U.S. airfield in Henoko, Nago on April 9, has raised 46,291,683 yen in one week. The Governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan...

Governor Onaga asks Prime Minister to cancel construction of new US base at their first meeting

Governor Onaga asks Prime Minister to cancel construction of new US base at their first meeting

April 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Onaga met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 17 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo. Onaga asked Abe to cancel the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko, Nago. He showed his strong opposition to the...

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the Philippines in September

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 4th Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival is to take place in Manila from September 10 to 15, 2015. It aims to help participants learn about the current situation in developing countries, including the problems of poverty and environmental degradation. The World...

Shurijo: The World’s 10th Most Visited Castle

April 9, 2015 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

CNN’s “Travel + Leisure” website has ranked Shurijo Castle in Naha City as the 10th most visited Palace or Castle in the world. The ranking is based on visitor numbers obtained from tourist and government sources. Shurijo is the only...

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

Earliest summer firework display held in Ginowan

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tens of thousands of fireworks lit up the skies over Ginowan on the evening of April 12. Despite persistent rain, spectators at the Ryukyu Kaien Festival were treated to a spectacular display synchronized to music. One of the fireworks was produced by highly acclaimed...

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Visitors to Okinawa Zoo and Museum got their first chance to meet a new baby Indian elephant on April 11. About 500 people turned up to catch a glimpse of the female calf and her mother Ryuka. The baby spent much of her time in the spotlight snuggling up to her...

Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

Young foreign scholars and journalist encourage sit-in protesters

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Young foreign scholars and a journalist living in Okinawa visited the sit-in protest site at U.S. Marine Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, on April 11. The visitors came from Scotland, India, Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan, and Australia. Australian journalist...

Residents organizations set up in villages, towns and cities to block a new US base

Residents organizations set up in villages, towns and cities to block a new US base

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Grass roots organizations are springing up in municipalities across Okinawa to oppose the construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko.

In Chatan about 160 people, including residents and town council members, got together to form the Chatan Town Citizen’s...

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