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Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

Symbol of burials in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma dismantled as cremation takes its place

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – The demolition of a ganya, a structure used to store a gan prior to a burial, took place in Yonashiroteruma, Uruma on June 24. A gan is a portable shrine used to carry the coffin. In Okinawa, cremation has long since replaced burial as the norm, and as the ganya was last used sometime around 1960, it was decided that it would be demolished. Around 40 villagers gathered, and watched quietly as a monk performed a rite of gratitude as a send-off.

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French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

French practitioners hone their skills at karate’s birthplace in Okinawa

July 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pascal Ibert a Nana-dan (7th rank) practitioner of Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate has been training for 38 years in Dordogne, southern France, where he now teaches about 50 students. For three consecutive years beginning in 2015, he has traveled to Yamashita Town, Naha...

Chibana Hanaui to produce kariyushi shirts to increase popularity

Chibana Hanaui to produce kariyushi shirts to increase popularity

July 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Chibana Hanaui Business Cooperative visited Mayor Sachio Kuwae at the Okinawa City Office and reported on the production of their original Kariyushi shirts. The Cooperative will work with the Chubu Dressmaking Association to prepare a mass production...

Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

Okinawa governor, mayors of municipalities near Kadena airbase boycott change of command ceremony

July 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kadena Air Base’s 18th Wing held a change of command ceremony on the morning of July 10, with Col. Case Cunningham relieving Brig. Gen. Barry R. Cornish.

Kadena Town Mayor Hiroshi Toyama, Okinawa City Mayor Sachio Kuwae, Chatan Town Mayor Masaharu Noguni...

Kazufumi gives a lecture at Ryukyu University about producing Okinawan Kuruchi and avoiding war

Kazufumi gives a lecture at Ryukyu University about producing Okinawan Kuruchi and avoiding war

July 7, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The 93rd Ryukyu University 21st Century Forum was held June 29 at the Ryukyu University Law School in Nishihara. The forum featured musician Kazufumi Miyazawa, who lectured on the topic of, “The future of our island – Kuruchi, uta, and sanshin.” Miyazawa...

Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa states U.S. military will not be allowed use of Naha Airport as a condition for Futenma return

July 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

In regard to the fact that the United States military predicates the return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma on the ability to use a civilian airport in case of emergencies, Kiichi Jahana, head of the Executive Office for the Governor of Okinawa, said...

Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

Fourth year since first sit-in, renewing efforts to prevent new base construction

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 marked the fourth year since Okinawan citizens began sit-in protests in front of the U.S. military Camp Schwab. The sit-ins are to protests the new base construction, or the relocation of the U.S. military Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago City. Early morning...

Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

Sit-in protestors claim fight against Takae construction is ongoing

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten citizens waged a sit-in at the front of the N1 Gate to the Northern Training Area (NTA) in Takae, Higashi Village to protest the construction of entry roads leading to helipads. Protestors stated that, “The fight Isn’t over yet.”

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Coral spawning confirmed at Oura Bay

Coral spawning confirmed at Oura Bay

July 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Spawning of Usuedamidoriishi or acropora tenuis, a species of coral, has been confirmed recently on reefs in Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago, where a new airfield is being built as part of the replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan City.

Diving...

U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

U.S. base information gathered for Okinawa environmental records to plan smooth use of returned land

June 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Department of Environmental Affairs has prepared foundational materials titled “U.S. Base Environmental Records”, which contain information regarding the use history of and accidents involving environmental pollution at U.S. military facilities...

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

A documentary film about Kamejiro Senaga to be released in August

June 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12 at Sakurazaka Theatre in Naha City, documentary film “Kamejiro, the man the U.S. military was most afraid of” (directed by Takahiko Sako) will be preliminarily screened. The documentary is about politician Kamejiro Senaga who stood firm in protest...

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