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MASA MAGIC wins international magic competition for second time

MASA MAGIC wins international magic competition for second time

October 10, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan magician MASA MAGIC took first place in the Strolling Magic Showdown, an event in which magicians from around the globe compete in Los Angeles. This is the second win for MASA MAGIC, who won the competition for the first time in June of last year.

The Strolling Magic Showdown is held three times a year at the Magic Castle, an institution known to many as the “mecca of magic,” which attracts magicians from all corners of the world. Judges...

 

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

October 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17 it came to light through an investigation by Emeritus Professor Hajime Oshiro of the University of the Ryukyus that the regional economic circulation ratio within Okinawa Prefecture is 78.8 percent, which demonstrates that the degree of independence...

Orix Buffaloes select Konan High School’s Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick in the draft; “I want to return the favor [of support] to my hometown.”

Orix Buffaloes select Konan High School’s Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick in the draft; “I want to return the favor [of support] to my hometown.”

October 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

The Nippon Professional Baseball New Player Selection Conference (the draft) was held in Tokyo on October 17, and the Orix Buffaloes selected Konan High School pitcher Hiroya Miyagi with their first pick.

Miyagi was selected to represent...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly requests revisions to Status of Forces Agreement

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly requests revisions to Status of Forces Agreement

October 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held September’s final session. The assembly unanimously agreed on a memorandum requesting drastic revisions to the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. This was in response to a U.S. Marine Corps vertical take-off...

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network (AWSEN) Summit kicked off at the Okinawa Prefectural Library in Naha October 12. The theme of the summit was, “Things we can do to leave no one behind – the first step towards realizing SDGs (Sustainable Development...

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

Henoko Environmental Oversight Committee specialist says Okinawa dugong is “highly likely extinct”; large-scale survey needed

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo learned that at a meeting of the Environmental Oversight Committee held by the Okinawa Defense Bureau in September regarding the construction of a new military base in Henoko, Nago, one of the committee members stated that the dugongs that have...

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

Rope breaks for the first time at annual Great Tug-of-War

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 49th annual Naha Giant Tug-of-War took place on October 13, at the Kumoji intersection on Route 58. The event, organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War, attracted about 270,000 locals, Japanese tourists, and visitors...

Web Exclusive: Looking back on the distressful 12 years in Takae through photos

Web Exclusive: Looking back on the distressful 12 years in Takae through photos

October 11, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Tabuki

Imagine a highland with spectacular views of lush green forests and the great Pacific Ocean, where during the day, the Okinawa rail and the Okinawa woodpecker can be heard, while at night, stars fill the sky. That’s Takae in a nutshell....

Miyakojima residents protest construction of GDSF ammunition depot

Miyakojima residents protest construction of GDSF ammunition depot

October 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of October 7 the Ministry of Defense started construction on a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) ammunition depot at Bora mine in Gusukube, Miyakojima City, Okinawa.

There was no time between the explanatory meeting and the construction starting....

Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

October 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The committee to promote the adding of Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list (chaired by Masaaki Yasuda) held a rally for Okinawans at Tenbusu Naha on October 5.

The vice-chair of the committee, Tokyo University of Agriculture...

Violinist from Okinawa returns to her hometown to perform

Violinist from Okinawa returns to her hometown to perform

October 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Yoko Takaesu

Ryoko Berkes (maiden name Sunagawa), 47, originally from Naha is a violinist who is a part of a Hungarian orchestra.

Classical music is popular in Hungary, which is located in Eastern Europe. According to a representative of the Friends...