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Okinawa is the “treasure trove” for discovering prehistoric human remains

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Human remains from the Old Stone Age or Japan’s Paleolithic era, which is more than 16,000 years ago, have been found at 10 different ruins within Okinawa. In Japan, there are more than 10,000 ruins from the Old Stone Age. Despite that, discovering human remains outside of Okinawa has only occurred once. This was in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture where remains of a Hamakita person from around 14,000 to 18,000 years ago were found. Even across East Asia...

 

Nago’s GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

Nago's GODAC reveals severe garbage problem in the deep sea, with a mannequin and sandals found at a depth of 6000 meters

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Ocean Environment Information Center (GODAC) located in Toyohara, Nago, released on April 3 a database including images and footage of deep-sea garbage (debris) in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on its internet site.

The GODAC...

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yo Kakazu

Five second year students from Chubu Norin High School, including Yuto Kamejima, 16, are taking on the challenge of preserving pure-bred “Ryukyu-inu” dogs, which are native to Okinawa, beginning in April. Due to the difficulties of breeding,...

For the first time in 43 years, a collection of new research on the Battle of Okinawa published

For the first time in 43 years, a collection of new research on the Battle of Okinawa published

March 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Board of Education held a press conference at their offices on March 29, regarding the March 10 release of Okinawan History Compilation 6; The Battle of Okinawa, as part of their modern history collection. The volume is a collection that includes background...

Physically challenged Ishikawa enters Okinawa International University for her new dreams

Physically challenged Ishikawa enters Okinawa International University for her new dreams

March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

An eighteen-year old senior student of Awase special-needs school, Marika Ishikawa, passed the entrance exam for the Department of British and American Language and Culture, College of Global and Regional Culture at the Okinawa International University. Ishikawa...

Third plan reported to recover Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record “Rekidai Houan” document

Third plan reported to recover Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The editing committee for a project aimed at recovering the Ryukyu Kingdom’s diplomatic record or Rekidai Houan reported on its third plan on December 20. The committee, led by a professor emeritus, Seitoku Kinjo, reported to the prefectural school superintendent,...

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

Forced mass suicides to be mentioned in high school textbooks

December 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 1, Toshinobu Nakazato, a member of the Lower House, and members of “9.29 Kenmin taikai ketsugi wo jitsugen saseru kai” (the association for realizing the resolution adopted at the 9.29 prefectural people’s rally) held a press conference at...

Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

Dr. Gruss to be the next president of OIST Graduate University

December 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) selected Dr. Peter Gruss from Germany to be the next president of OIST Graduate University, succeeding Dr. Jonathan Dorfan who has served as the current President....

Okinawa University makes deal for exchange program with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training

Okinawa University makes deal for exchange program with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training

November 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa University has made a deal with Ho Chi Minh City University of Teacher Training to promote an exchange program between Okinawa and Vietnam. A signing ceremony was held at the university on November 30. President of the Okinawa University Hiroshi Nakachi...

Okinawa Shogaku highlights benefits of making karate compulsory

Okinawa Shogaku highlights benefits of making karate compulsory

October 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been a decade since Okinawa Shogaku Junior and Senior High schools and the Federation of Okinawa Karate agreed to make karate a compulsory class at the school. Once a week, 7th to 11th graders (for 12th graders the class is optional) practice under an instructor...

International students of Okinawan descent want to expand network of Okinawa

International students of Okinawan descent want to expand network of Okinawa

April 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen international students who are currently studying in Okinawa under a project for international students of Okinawan descent, visited Vice Governor Mitsuo Ageda at the Okinawa Prefecture Office. They stated their goals for this year. Four students from the...

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