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French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor, the venue was filled with laughter.

Celik Kenan, a 27-year-old French researcher, who studies at Kyoto University Graduate School, won the Miyakojima Mayor’s Prize, the highest award.

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New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out preparation work in Oura Bay for construction of a new U.S. base that would replace the Futenma air base in Ginowan. On July 16, members of Diving Team Rainbow of the Helicopter Base Objection Association confirmed newly damaged...

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

July 9, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Hawaii

The Ryukyu Shimpo launched the Hawaii-Okinawa Press Photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre in Oahu Island on July 8. The exhibition was held ahead of the Ryukyu Shimpo’s forum called “Kizuna Ichimadhin Future...

Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

Hayao Miyazaki tells reporters he will do everything he can to prevent Henoko base construction

July 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, Hayao Miyazaki, anime film director and joint representative of the Henoko Fund, established with the aim of preventing the construction of a new military base in Nago City’s Henoko district, gave a press conference for reporters affiliated with the...

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

Sanabe receives Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation Award

July 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation held its 19th award ceremony at Mitsukoshi Theater in the Chuo district of Tokyo on July 7. Thirty-five-year old Ryukyu dance grand master Yoshikazu Sanabe from Ryukyu Buyo Seibukai received the award. The award is given to...

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

New Yorkers gather to protest against new base construction in Henoko

July 13, 2015 Yoshiharu Higa, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In a gentle rain in the morning of June 30, a protest rally against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko was held at Union Square Park in New York. In the lead up to Okinawa Memorial Day, participants carrying...

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

Ordinance to regulate sediment from outside Okinawa passes in assembly

July 13, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed an ordinance to regulate the use of sediment such as soil and stone from outside the prefecture passed in a majority. The ordinance was proposed by the ruling parties. Members of the ruling parties and the New Komeito...

Panel finds flaws in former governor’s approval of Henoko landfill

Panel finds flaws in former governor's approval of Henoko landfill

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 16, Hiroshi Oshiro, chairman of an advisory panel to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga charged with investigating his predecessor’s approval of a landfill in Henoko, Nago to build a new base as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma,...

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha’s Asato area

Group calls for creating “Saion Street” in Naha's Asato area

July 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of young entrepreneurs is trying to name an alley at the foot of the Saion Bridge over Naha’s Asato River “Saion Street” in a bid to turn the area into a hub for new fashion.

The group includes Dan Shinjo, producer of “Plant...

One hundred attendees at Hawaii “Irei no Hi” memorial ceremony mourn lives lost in Battle of Okinawa

One hundred attendees at Hawaii

July 6, 2015 Hanae Higa Gushiken, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, a memorial ceremony, by the Japanese title of “Irei no Hi,” was held in the garden of the Hawaii Okinawa Center in memory of all the lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa. The memorial was for all victims, regardless...

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

HUOA President couple busy for sister-state events

July 10, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 10 to 12 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the 30th-anniversary of a sister-state affiliation between the State of Hawaii and Okinawa Prefecture was celebrated. Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which consists of about 40,000...

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