Archive for November, 2016

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ODB produces document calling citizens’ protests to helipad construction “heinous and illegal”

November 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) has made an external informational document publicizing photographs of the citizens opposed to the construction of helipads who have entered land provided to the U.S. military. The distributed document judges the citizens’ behavior as “heinously illegal acts.” A lawyer commented that would be possible for the ODB to indicate damages to the police and request an investigation into the matter. However, the lawyer went...

 

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

Efforts to preserve eight endangered languages discussed at summit in Yoron

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naoki Isa Reporting from Yoron, Kagoshima

The 2016 Yoron Endangered Languages and Dialects Summit was held at the Yoron Community Gymnasium in Yoron, Kagoshima on October 13. It was hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kagoshima Prefecture, and...

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

East Asia Publishers Conference in Okinawa addresses reviving an East Asian reading community

November 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, publishers from six regions in East Asia (namely Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Okinawa) gathered together for a public symposium in Conference Building B of the Okinawa Convention Center (OCC) in Ginowan City. The symposium...

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

Majority of Sekisei shoko coral reef dies with 97 % extremely severely bleached

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Office announced results from a survey on Sekisei shoko coral reef, one of the largest coral reef in Japan. The reef was being monitored for bleaching due to long-term high water temperatures this summer. The result was...

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

Fisherman Yamashiro: Destroying the forests will kill the ocean

November 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14, a protest boat took to the sea for the first time in the protest movement against the U.S. military helipads being constructed in Takae. The protest boat was manned by fisherman Yoshikatsu Yamashiro, age 72. Yamashiro waited on the boat for his...

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

Petition for Korean victims of Battle of Okinawa to be inscribed on Okinawa Cornerstone of Peace Memorial

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, Yoshiko Uema, the executive director of “Okinawa Han no kai” an organization that helps families of Korean victims of the Battle of Okinawa, and fukiko okimoto visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government Peace Support and Gender Equality Division....

Chinaberry found to induce “self-eating” in cancer cells

Chinaberry found to induce “self-eating” in cancer cells

November 11, 2016 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo

[Nago] On November 10, scientists found that the component in the leaves of chinaberry trees, native to

Okinawa, can induce autophagy in cancer cells, and can ultimately kill the cells. Experts in virus research, Director-General Kuniaki...

Temporary injunction from Naha District Court expected before completion of helipad construction in Takae

Temporary injunction from Naha District Court expected before completion of helipad construction in Takae

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first oral proceedings and the second hearing of a case brought to the Naha District Court by 31 residents of Takae, Higashi Village, took place on November 10. The case concerns to the construction of helipads in the Northern Training Area that span Higashi...

Governor Onaga sends congratulations to U.S. President-elect Trump, hopes to break deadlock

Governor Onaga sends congratulations to U.S. President-elect Trump, hopes to break deadlock

November 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Reporters have learned that on November 9, Governor Takeshi Onaga sent a message of congratulations to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump. It is the first time a governor has sent a message of congratulations to a winning candidate in a U.S. presidential election.

Regarding...

Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

Celebration performance for 85 year-old national treasure Choichi Terukina

November 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo  

A performance was held to celebrate an 84 year-old national treasure in Ryukyu classical music, Choichi Terukina, on November 3 at the National Theater Okinawa. Titled “Fly!! Uta-sanshin 2016 Terukina Choichi celebration performance, makoto-hitotsu, bond...

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

Dazzling Ryukyu Beauty on Display at Okinawan Bingata Exhibit in Washington D.C.

November 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From Special Correspondent Sakae Toiyama in Washington
The first ever overseas bingata exhibit titled, “Bingata! Only in Okinawa,” was unveiled at the George Washington University Museum’s Textile Museum in Washington D.C. on November 5.

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