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Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

Prefectural Assembly repeats request for closure of Futenma stating, “Okinawa is not a colony”

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously adopted a written statement and protest resolution requesting the immediate closure of Futenma Air Station.

These were adopted in response to a Futenma Air Station MV-22 transport Osprey’s engine intake cowling that dropped to the ground on February 8.

The Assembly pointed out that the repeated U.S. military aircraft accidents constitute extremely...

 

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

“Would you build it in Lake Towada, Matsushima, or Lake Biwa?” Governor Takeshi Onaga says base relocation “For political purposes,” urges Diet committee to reconsider

 

February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held a conference to exchange ideas with Japan’s...

Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

Uezu from Urasoe wins chance to compete in International Public Speaking Competition in London

 

February 21, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On February 3, a preliminary round of the “International Public Speaking Competition 2018” sponsored by the English-Speaking Union was held in Tokyo. Marino Uezu from Urasoe City (a freshman at Ochanomizu...

Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

Sakura the Hokkaido horse performed solidly at Ryukyuan horse racing

 

February 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

N’maharashi, the Ryukyuan traditional horse racing in which horses compete in beauty, speed, and running-rhythm categories, was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in Goya, Okinawa city on February 11.

Twenty-six horses from...

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

Purple Ipe as a symbol of appreciation

 

February 23, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In hopes of sending them as a token of his appreciation to those who have supported the cultural exchange, Okinawa Brazil Network Amigo Association President Akihiro Yonashiro, age 74, has been growing more than 200 pots of Ipe, or...

OIST awards its first doctorates to 14 scholars

OIST awards its first doctorates to 14 scholars

 

February 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Onna – The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University...

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

Yuntanza-hanaui incorporated in university academic regalia for first OIST graduation ceremony

 

February 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 24, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) will hold its first graduation ceremony since it opened in 2014. OIST has recently collaborated with the Yuntanza-hanaui Industry Cooperative...

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As whale watching season reaches its peak, a family of humback whales was found swimming in the harbor near Tokashiki island for about four hours from 10:00 a.m. on February 14.

The family of whales was seen around Gusukujima and the Tokashiki...

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

Sake cup gifted to Konoe Iehiro 300 years ago by Tei Junsoku found preserved in Kyoto

 

February 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Recently it came to light that the Yomei Bunko Foundation of Kyoto has been preserving some artifacts relating to the Ryukyu Kingdom for about 300 years.

Among these items are a particular sake cup (called the Kōrinkaihai)...

Osprey aerial refueling confirmed near the hamlet of Ada

Osprey aerial refueling confirmed near the hamlet of Ada

 

February 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

It was confirmed around 5:45 p.m. on February 14 that a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 transport Osprey was engaging in aerial refueling near the hamlet of Ada, Kunigami Village.

The cause of the crash in Abu, Nago City...

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

Memorial statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro unveiled at Odo Beach in Itoman

 

February 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Itoman – A statue commemorating the landing of John Manjiro on Odo Beach in Itoman, Okinawa, aptly named the, “John Manjiro Landing Memorial,” was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Itoman City February 18. The day marked the anniversary...

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