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Okinawa kenjinkai launched in India to promote “Uchinanchu Spirit.”

Okinawa kenjinkai launched in India to promote “Uchinanchu Spirit.”

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Masatoshi Inafuku

On October 8, nine people from Okinawa established the “India Okinawa Kenjinkai” in India, where there was previously kenjinkai group. At “the First India Okinawa Kenjinkai,” which was held in Gurgaon, near Delhi, the Kenjinkai members pledged to embody Uchinanchu spirits of “Ichariba chode,” “Yuimaru,” and “Bankoku shinryo” and to promote and preserve Okinawan culture in India.

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Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

Certificate issued for Ryukyu King and Queen of Shurijo Festival

October 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony for certification of the king and queen of the Shurijo Festival was held on October 11 at the Naha City Office. The festival is sponsored by the Shurijo Festival Planning Committee and co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo and Shuri Promotion Association....

Swimming in Ginowan’s beaches prohibited after sighting of shark

October 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Swimming was prohibited in Chatan beaches after the sighting of a shark, reportedly a Bull shark, in the Mihama area of the Town. Since October 12, swimming in Tropical beach in the Mashiki area of Ginowan City has also been prohibited. This is the third beach...

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

Agarie family hosts celebration for Japanese immigrants in Argentina

October 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese immigrants who took root in Argentina over 100 years ago were celebrated at the Teatro Greison in Monte Grande, located in the southern suburbs of Greater Buenos Aires on August 7. The tribute was planned by Dr. Roberto Agarie (doctor or forensic medicine...

Crimes involving US servicemen violating criminal code in Okinawa accounts for 45 % of recorded crime in Japan

October 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

There are 34 cases in which U.S. military personnel were charged for violating the Japanese criminal code in Okinawa. The figures accounted for 45 percent of 76 cases nationwide. On October 4, Kiichiro Jahana, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, announced...

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Family of Korean war victims faces difficulty in getting names inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

October 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The family of two Korean war victims who were suspected to have died in Okinawa had been hoping to get the victims’ names inscribed on the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, Itoman City. However, on October 5, they were told they could not apply because there was...

Joint use of US training area by SDF for anti-guerilla exercises could entail burden increase

October 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 4, it was discovered that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) has a plan to conduct joint use of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area as a training area for the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to engage in anti-guerilla warfare training. The information...

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

Citizens criticize city assembly for approving Self Defense Force deployment to Ishigaki

September 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the debate over deployment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to Ishigaki City, a rally march and citizens’ gathering were held on September 29 in protest of the city assembly’s passing of a resolution to request the deployment.

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Japanese team, including Kinjo, Kyuna and Uemura, wins three consecutive championships at Karate 1 Premier League

Japanese team, including Kinjo, Kyuna and Uemura, wins three consecutive championships at Karate 1 Premier League

October 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Karate 1 Premier League was held on October 2 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City. The Japanese team, including Arata Kinjo, Ryo Kyuna and Takuya Uemura, who belong to Ryueiryu and the National team, won three consecutive championship titles...

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

Sun the dolphin celebrates his first birthday at Motobu Genki Village, shakes hands with preschoolers

October 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

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The male bottlenose dolphin, Sun, celebrated his first birthday on September 26 at Motobu Genki Village in Motohama, Motobu. He celebrated with the class of two- to four-year-olds from Hikari Preschool, who sang “Happy Birthday” and fed the dolphin...

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

Rare Okinawa woodpecker spotted in Takae

October 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction of new helicopter landing pads (helipads) is scheduled in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area (NTA), which spans across Higashi Village and Kunigami Village. Around Arakawa dam, which neighbors the NTA, an Okinawa woodpecker, which has been...

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