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Island-Wide Council to appeal to the United Nations, working with the Okinawa prefectural government

January 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 13, Director Yoshikazu Tamaki of the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement” has announced an international strategy at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Building. Among the plans is an enhanced effort to lobby international organizations such as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to increase international awareness of Okinawa’s military base issues. The...

 

The first Megamouth Shark fossil to be found in Asia has been unearthed in Okinawa

The first Megamouth Shark fossil to be found in Asia has been unearthed in Okinawa

January 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan researchers have unearthed the fossilized tooth of a megamouth shark on the east coast of the southern island prefecture. There are few fossil specimens of the shark worldwide. Fossilized remains of the shark had only been found in North America and Europe...

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year’s party

Okinawa Association of Bolivia holds New Year's party

January 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 17, the Okinawa Association of Bolivia held a New Year’s party with Okinawan Bolivian students who are visiting Okinawa, in Naha. The Bolivian students are third generation Okinawan Bolivian and came to Okinawa with scholarships from the Okinawa...

Asahi Shinbun feature article helps Kikukawa to encourage Okinawa under U.S military administration

Asahi Shinbun feature article helps Kikukawa to encourage Okinawa under U.S military administration

January 13, 2015 Mamoru Yasuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Sixty years ago, on January 13, 1955, the Asahi Shinbun, one of the five national newspapers in Japan, published a feature article on Okinawa under the U.S military administration. It was a groundbreaking article, which reported on the oppressive...

Coast Guard officers take excessive action against citizens in Henoko

Coast Guard officers take excessive action against citizens in Henoko

January 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The governments of Japan and the United States are moving forward with their plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago. On January 20, workers employed by Okinawa Defense Bureau set up an oil fence from off the coast of Camp Schwab...

Parts of US Marine helicopter weighing 200 kilograms falls near Tonaki

Parts of US Marine helicopter weighing 200 kilograms falls near Tonaki

January 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 17:30 p.m. on January 15, parts of a U.S. Marine AH- attack helicopter belonging to the Futenma base fell during flight in training airspace near Irisuna Island, Tonaki. The parts weighed more than about 200 kilograms, including hellfire missile launcher...

12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

12 F-16 Fighting Falcon from Air National Guard base to Kadena Air Base

January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four F-16 Fighting Falcon belonging to the Wisconsin Air National Guard base flew in to Kadena Air Base at 3:14 p.m. on January 15. The air national guard base announced a plan to temporarily station 12 Fighting Falcon at Kadena Air Base. Deployment of all the...

Japanese government resumes construction work of new U.S military base in the sea off Henoko

January 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

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Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

Over 1000 people take part in first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 25th Kakizome Festival was held at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha City on January 10. The event involves around 1,000 people writing kanji and prizes are awarded.

About 1,050 people ranging from three to 68 year-old took part in this year`s...

Rinken Band performs in Paris

Rinken Band performs in Paris

December 29, 2014 Yoko Oshiro, Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

As December arrives and the streets of Paris fill with Parisians in long black coats, the Japan Culture House of Paris sprang to life in vibrant Okinawan colors when Rinken Band held a two-day concert on December 5 and 6.

The...

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Popular Indian elephant Ryuka has performed kakizome, or first calligraphy of the year. She dexterously wrote sheep, this year’s Chinese...