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40th anniversary coin of Okinawa’s reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

40th anniversary coin of Okinawa's reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

October 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Finance has announced the designs of the 1000 and 500-yen coins for Okinawa prefecture as commemorative coins to mark the 60th anniversary of the enforcement of the Local Autonomy Act. Both coins will mark next year’s 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese administration. The 1000-yen coin has designs of Shuri Castle and kumiodori, while the 500-yen coin features the Naha Tug-of-War and eisa.

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Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

October 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs of the Futenma helicopter roar suit, led by Zenji Shimada, held a press conference in Ginowan City on October 5 in which they called for residents living around the air station to join them in preparing a second lawsuit next March to eliminate noise...

New Zealand researchers working on the English translation of Senka o Horu for publication in the United States

New Zealand researchers working on the English translation of Senka o Horu for publication in the United States

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mark Ealey, a 54 year-old translator and researcher who resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived in Okinawa on September 30 on the Japan Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program. He is translating the series of articles published under the title of Senka...

Traditional Pantou event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

Traditional <em>Pantou</em> event held in Miyakojima with mud smeared on people to drive away bad luck

October 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A traditional pantou event, in which “gods” covered with mud and grass smear mud on people or things in order to drive away bad luck, was held on October 2 and 3 in the Hirara Shimajiri district of Miyakojima City. In Japan, this traditional event...

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

Miyu returns in November after recovering well

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl from Urasoe City, will return home on November 7. She has recovered well from heart transplant surgery carried out this April at Columbia University Hospital in New York to correct her restrictive cardiomyopathy. After she returns...

Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

Japan Nuclear Fuel considered Yaeyama as a repository for radioactive waste

September 25, 2011 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1980, Sachio Inoue, then a senior advisor of “Nuclear Fuel Services” (now Nuclear Fuel, Rokkasho-mura, Aomori Prefecture), visited Okinawa to look into the building of a facility “on the island of Yaeyama” for the final disposal...

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

Ferry bringing commodities arrives at Kita and Minami Daito islands after 18 days

September 23, 2011 Yoko Ikeda and Junko Uechi, correspondents of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of September 22, the ferry Daito arrived at Kita and Minami Daito for the first time in 18 days, after several sailings had been cancelled because Typhoon No. 15 had lingered in the Okinawa area since...

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

September 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sitting on a weaving machine by the window where she can look out over a patch of loofah gourds, 90 year-old Toshi Oshiro of the Motobu district of Haebaru Town works away skillfully adding kasuri splash-patterns to the textile. She is still actively engaged...

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

September 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On August 15 in the old lunar calendar or September 12 in the modern calendar, harvest festivals to pray for a good year were held throughout the prefecture. In the Itoman district of Itoman City, Itoman Ozunahiki, one of the three grand tugs-of-war...

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to population estimates published by the Statistics Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on August 31, as of August 1, Okinawa’s population had reached 1400171 people. This figure is based on a survey of the increases and decreases in...

Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

Brazil Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

August 29, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding with about 700 people of Okinawan origin attending at the Kenjin-Kai Hall in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, on August 27 local time. The...

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