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High school textbooks avoid mentioning Japanese military’s involvement in forced mass suicides of Okinawans

High school textbooks avoid mentioning Japanese military's involvement in forced mass suicides of Okinawans

March 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 18, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the screening results for high school textbooks to be used from the 2017 academic year. With regard to the description of “group suicide (forced mass suicide) of Okinawans” during the battle of Okinawa, five out of six Japanese history textbooks, from five companies, mentioned “group suicide.” No textbooks received screening comments. While the Shimizu Shoin annotated...

 

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

March 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) held an award ceremony for the year 2015 at the ministry office on March 9 to acknowledge businesses that promote experience-based youth programs. The ministry awarded “Shimpo Science Club”,...

Okinawan municipalities conduct Japanese language assistance for students with foreign citizenship

March 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 3, Ryukyu Shimpo found that 18 municipalities in Okinawa implemented programs of Japanese language assistance and guidance to public school students who have foreign citizenship, foreign parents, and roots overseas. The results came from a survey of 41 municipalities...

OIST scientist proposes new theory on limited migration of coral reefs in Okinawa

OIST scientist proposes new theory on limited migration of coral reefs in Okinawa

December 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, Chuya Shinzato of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) Marine Genomics Unit announced the results of research into the coral genetic information of coral reefs found in the Ryukyu Archipelago. The result shows...

OIST president wins physics prize

OIST president wins physics prize

November 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jonathan Dorfan, president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), along with David Hitlin, Stephen Olsen, and Fumihiko Takasaki, has been awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize from the American Physical Society. The prize...

World Uchinanchu Student Summit promotes interaction between youth of Okinawan descent

World Uchinanchu Student Summit promotes interaction between youth of Okinawan descent

August 11, 2015 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Northern Okinawa branch of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA) is arranging to hold a World Uchinanchu Student Summit for youth of Okinawan descent from overseas at Meio University in Nago City on November 21-22. Around forty exchange...

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government’s request to raise flag and sing anthem

University of the Ryukyus criticizes government's request to raise flag and sing anthem

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24 at a regular media meeting, President Hajime Oshiro of the University of Ryukyus criticized the central government’s requests to display the national flag and have participants sing the anthem at entrance and graduation ceremonies. On June 16, Hirofumi...

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

June 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, Social welfare corporation Network Sousei hosted a concert with Zimbabwean music group JENAGURU performing at Shuri Community Hall in Shuri, Naha. Zimbabwe is located in the Southern part of Africa, and the JENAGURU performs traditional music from that...

Universities in Okinawa and Hawaii agree partnership

Universities in Okinawa and Hawaii agree partnership

May 14, 2015 Sadaharu Shimabukuro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Hawaii State Capitol on May 12, the University of the Ryukyus President Hajime Oshiro, Meio University President Katsunori Yamazato, and the University of Hawaii President David Lassner signed a partnership agreement....

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

OPG publishes book to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba

April 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has for the first time published a booklet to help elementary and junior high students learn Shimakutuba – the local dialects of Okinawa. The booklets are designed for fifth-grade elementary school students and second-grade...

Okinawan students have the most interest in gaining international experience

Okinawan students have the most interest in gaining international experience

November 14, 2014 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

A nationwide survey on academic ability conducted by the Ministry of Education in 2013 revealed that 20 percent of students in public junior high schools in Okinawa answered “yes” to the question, “Do you think you are interested...

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