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JASDF finds 128 times national guideline levels of chemicals like PFOS in water on Naha Base

JASDF finds 128 times national guideline levels of chemicals like PFOS in water on Naha Base

April 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 7, study results were issued on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Naha Base website concerning a recent incident in which a foam fire-extinguishing agent leaked off of said base. PFOS and PFOA, which are types of organic flourine compounds, were detected in contaminated water collected from on-base aqueducts into which the fire-extinguishing agent flowed. As such, words of apology were offered in the name of the base’s commander....

 

Reading of names at school entrance ceremonies in Naha halted by flight of U.S. planes

Reading of names at school entrance ceremonies in Naha halted by flight of U.S. planes

April 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Chubu – On April 7, public elementary, junior high, and high schools held opening ceremonies and entrance ceremonies for the new school year. Despite having received requests to pause flights for the day from the boards of education in the area, U.S....

Welcome! The first first-grader in two years has a new student ceremony just for them at Takae Elementary

Welcome! The first first-grader in two years has a new student ceremony just for them at Takae Elementary

April 9, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Higashi – Takae Elementary School in Higashi, Okinawa (Tatsuya Miyagi, principal), had their new student ceremony April 8. There was only one new first-grader, Hachimitsu Shoji, 6, the first new student in two years. The ceremony was attended...

New students ages 10- 88 look forward to a dazzling school year at Sangosya Scholé

New students ages 10- 88 look forward to a dazzling school year at Sangosya Scholé

April 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 4, Sangosya Scholé in Nanjo City, which operates free schools and night schools, hosted a gathering to welcome 17 new students for the 2021 academic year. Alumni, teachers, and other interested parties congratulated the new students, ranging...

“Try to imagine”–Okinawa Shogaku students teach Hiroshima high school students about the Battle of Okinawa, show them the footsteps of the Shiraume students

“Try to imagine”--Okinawa Shogaku students teach Hiroshima high school students about the Battle of Okinawa, show them the footsteps of the Shiraume students

April 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanenori Kinjo

 

“Please try to imagine: girls just ten years old going to sleep only to be soon awoken and forced to work all day long under harsh conditions.”

On March 16, the Okinawa Shogaku Senior High School Regional Laboratory...

“Finally, for real,” the University of the Ryukyus has their new student ceremony, which this year includes second-year students

“Finally, for real,” the University of the Ryukyus has their new student ceremony, which this year includes second-year students

April 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

University of the Ryukyus had both their 2020 and 2021 new student ceremony April 6 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan.

First, a ceremony was had for the second-year students who entered the university in 2020, then again for the new...

Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

Bankoku Shinryo Conference proposes bringing attention to reducing base burden on Okinawa

March 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 31 the Bankoku Shinryo Conference on U.S. Military Base Issues (Bankoku Shinryo, meaning: bridge between nations) delivered its proposal for reducing the base burden on Okinawa, which includes the compiled discussions of the Conference from...

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

Every Chatan elementary and junior high school teacher to receive “peace training,” second of its kind in Okinawa

April 2, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki

 

The Chatan Board of Education is set to offer “peace education training” to all of its elementary and junior high school faculty this academic year. While many municipalities in Okinawa offer peace training to first-year...

Naha Hari dragon boat race, an Okinawan Golden Week tradition, cancelled for second straight year due to COVID-19

Naha Hari dragon boat race, an Okinawan Golden Week tradition, cancelled for second straight year due to COVID-19

March 31, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Naha City announced March 31 that in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they would be cancelling the 47th annual Naha Hari races scheduled to take place from May 3-5 at the Naha Port Piers. This is the second straight year the event has been...

Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

Honoring generations of kings and praying for the restoration of Shuri Castle  Ushimi at Tamaudun and Fungaku Sanryo

March 29, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 28, the Ushimi, a ritual visit, was performed at Tamaudun Royal Mausoleum in Shuri Kinjo and at Fungaku Sanryo in Shuri Yamagawa, both in Naha. Generations of monarchs of the Second Sho Dynasty of the Ryukyu Kingdom are entombed at...

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

March 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Miyakojima) On March 28, Japan Transocean Air (JTA; president: Noriyuki Aoki) put into service a new route connecting Miyako and Nagoya (Chubu). Miyakojima mayor Kazuyuki Zakimi and members of tourism-related organizations gathered at a ceremony held...