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Fourth-generation Okinawan descendant from New Caledonia meets her Okinawan relatives

Fourth-generation Okinawan descendant from New Caledonia meets her Okinawan relatives

July 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, fourth-generation Okinawan descendant Emilie Thosei Miyasato, 17, met with her relatives Miyoko Uema, 78, and Sadako Majikina, 72, who live in Futenma, Ginowan. Emilie is visiting from New Caledonia to trace her roots.

Tears welled up in her eyes as she received words of welcome, such as “We finally meet” and “There’s no such day as wonderful as this.

” She enjoyed meeting with her “family that lives in a foreign land.”

Emilie’s...

 

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

Two young Okinawa descendants share their intercultural challenges

June 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Correspondent Celso Akihide Shiroma

On June 9, Brazil’s People of Okinawa Prefecture Association Youth Division and Urizun Okinawa Prefecture Foreign Exchange Student Trainee OB Association hosted a joint symposium at the People of Okinawa Prefecture headquarters....

Female firefighter in New Caledonia finds her Okinawan roots

Female firefighter in New Caledonia finds her Okinawan roots

June 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

New Caledonia Correspondent Yumiko Yamada of Ryukyu Shimpo

New Caledonia, which is known as the “closest island to paradise,” is also one of the world’s leading nickel producers. Due to the nature of open cast mining, some of the red soil of the nickel...

People of Japanese ancestry worldwide invited to attend International Day of Nikkei on June 20

People of Japanese ancestry worldwide invited to attend International Day of Nikkei on June 20

March 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

At Meio University in Nago City on March 12 Andres Higa, 43, a second generation Okinawan-Argentinian, and Andres Tadashi Isa, 28, a third generation Okinawan-Peruvian promoted the “International Day of Nikkei” 100 days in advance of the event.

The...

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

Peru – Okinawan group in Peru fulfills long-held dream of constructing children’s park in Lima

November 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By correspondent Mitsuhiro Akamine

The Okinawa Association of Peru (AOP – Spanish: Asociación Okinawense del Perú) opened a children’s playground named “Ashibina Park” on the grounds of their community center in the suburbs of Lima on November...

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

International conference in Ireland calls for removal of all U.S. military bases worldwide, Okinawa included in discussion

November 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hanayo Oya reports for the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 16 the International Conference Against U.S./NATO Military Bases commenced in Dublin, Ireland.

The conference is attended by around 230 people from roughly thirty countries and regions worldwide...

Governor Tamaki visits NYU, speaks about Henoko base and state of democracy in Okinawa

Governor Tamaki visits NYU, speaks about Henoko base and state of democracy in Okinawa

November 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

On the evening of November 11 in New York, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki delivered a speech at New York University (NYU) on his first visit to the United States since taking office.

He strongly...

Okinawa governor delivers speech in New York, hoping diversity can encourange peace

Okinawa governor delivers speech in New York, hoping diversity can encourange peace

 

November 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

 

For the first time following taking office, Governor Denny Tamaki chose New York as his first stop in the U.S. About 140 people gathered for his speech in which he said, “Okinawa’s diversity...

Okinawan descendants abroad create petition in support of Governor Tamaki

Okinawan descendants abroad create petition in support of Governor Tamaki

 

November 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 7, Okinawans descendants abroad issued “A Statement by Diasporic Okinawans in Support of Governor Denny Tamaki.” Governor Tamaki opposes the construction of the new military base in Henoko, Nago City, which is associated...

Hawaii establishes September 27 as Pigs from the Sea Day in commemoration of 1948 gesture

Hawaii establishes September 27 as Pigs from the Sea Day in commemoration of 1948 gesture

October 8, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Hanae Higa Gushiken

 

On September 27 (local time) in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room of the Hawaii State Capitol Building in Honolulu, the 70th anniversary of the happening known as Pigs from the Sea was commemorated.

Officials...

Hawaii and Okinawa join together to share food and culture at festival opening

Hawaii and Okinawa join together to share food and culture at festival opening

September 3, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Fumiaki Jahana

 

Honolulu – A large number of people flocked to the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu September 1 for the start of the 36th Annual Okinawan Festival (hosted by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association), where they enjoyed...