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São Paulo Councilman Aurélio Nomura institutes World Uchinanchu Day in Brazil

São Paulo Councilman Aurélio Nomura institutes World Uchinanchu Day in Brazil

October 18, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Akihide Celso Shiroma

São Paulo, Brazil—On July 20, law nº 17,395 went into effect, adding World Uchinanchu Day to the city’s Official Calendar of Events. The text of the measure states: “With the purpose of carrying on the legacy of Brazil’s Okinawan pioneer immigrants through debate and preservation of Okinawan traditions and values, October 30 shall be designated World Uchinanchu Day.”

The bill, submitted in 2019, was authored...

 

Ryukyu Shimpo article “Okinawa Rail Released” used in fifth grade Japanese language textbook

Ryukyu Shimpo article “Okinawa Rail Released” used in fifth grade Japanese language textbook

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Newspaper Week began on October 15. A Ryukyu Shimpo article, “Yanbaru Kuina Hocho Kunigami Kotsu Jiko de Chiryo Kaifuku” (Okinawa Rail Released in Kunigami, Treated and Recovered After Traffic Accident, July 5, 2017, Local News) is used in Hirogaru Kotoba...

Special exhibit reflects on 50 years since the Koza Riots, open through January 2021

Special exhibit reflects on 50 years since the Koza Riots, open through January 2021

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 20, 2020, will mark 50 years to the day since a riot broke out in Okinawa City (former Koza City) following a U.S. serviceman striking an Okinawan in a car accident; in what became to be known as the Koza Riots, protesters set fire to U.S. military vehicles....

MOD cites research agency contract as reason for not releasing February dugong call recording

MOD cites research agency contract as reason for not releasing February dugong call recording

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding a call, that is potentially a dugong call, recorded in February this year in Oura Bay, Henoko, Nago City, where Futenma Replacement Facility construction is ongoing, on October 15 the Ministry of Defense (MOD) released the statement that it “cannot...

Itoman city council requests Okinawa ban cockfighting prefecture-wide in written statement

Itoman city council requests Okinawa ban cockfighting prefecture-wide in written statement

October 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman – Itoman city council unanimously passed an official written opinion requesting that the Okinawan government and Okinawa prefectural assembly enact regulations banning cockfighting. City councilor Satoru Kinjo submitted the statement. The same city council...

Shuri Castle Festival to be held at reduced scale, “Emaki Gyoretsu” procession to be canceled

Shuri Castle Festival to be held at reduced scale, “Emaki Gyoretsu” procession to be canceled

October 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 31 to November 3, the Shuri Castle Festival (organizer: Shuri Castle Festival Steering Committee) will be held for four days at a reduced scale. The festival was cancelled last year while ongoing because of the fire in the main hall and other parts...

Interview with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang: revitalize Okinawa tourism with VR

Interview with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang: revitalize Okinawa tourism with VR

October 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Okinawa’s district chair, Toshinori Fuchibe, interviewed Taiwan’s D

igital Minister Audrey Tang. The interview was uploaded to YouTube on October 12. During the interview, Tang said Taipei would be happy to...

“No stepping on coral,” “No feeding fish,” Onna implements international environmental standards for diving

“No stepping on coral,” “No feeding fish,” Onna implements international environmental standards for diving

October 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Onna – Onna Village is working on implementing international environmental guidelines for diving from an organization called Green Fins in an effort to protect the coral reefs. According to the village, so far there are no examples of the guidelines being implemented...

Okinawa Governor requests reviews of fisheries agreements in order to ensure safe environment near Senkaku Islands

Okinawa Governor requests reviews of fisheries agreements in order to ensure safe environment near Senkaku Islands

October 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, Okinawa Fisheries Cooperative Association President Kameichi Uehara, and Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative Presidents’ Association President Takao Yamanoha had interviews with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katunobu...

Gobbling up a celebratory bouquet: Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrates its oldest animals on Respect for the Aged Day

Gobbling up a celebratory bouquet: Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrates its oldest animals on Respect for the Aged Day

October 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Kina

Okinawa – On Respect for the Aged Day, September 21, the Okinawa Zoo & Museum celebrated the longevity of its oldest animals. Individual celebrations were held in front of the enclosures of eight animals of seven different species,...

Gifting project seeks sanshin donations to send to France

Gifting project seeks sanshin donations to send to France

October 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The executive committee of the project to “gift sanshin to Okinawan brothers around the world” (Sekai no Kyodai e Sanshin wo Okuru Purojekuto) is asking for donations of sanshin (Okinawan banjo) and sanshin cases. The group’s goal is to pass on the uchinanchu...