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Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

September 14, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 9, an event introducing Okinawan literature titled “Living Spirit” was held at the US Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Katsunori Yamazato, literary scholar and president of Meio University, and Frank Stewart, a professor at University of Hawaii, were invited as lecturers. In addition to classic works such as The Omoro Soshi (a compilation of ancient poems and songs...

 

A KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

A  KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

September 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 15, a KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker, which is stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture, performed “touch-and-go” landings for over an hour as part of training at Futenma Air Station.

After moving...

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

September 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Modern people living in the Ryukyu Islands are genetically more closely related to those in the main islands of Japan than people in Taiwan or mainland China, a research team has found. The researchers announced their findings on September 16 after analyzing...

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

September 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The super moon was observed on September 9 when it looks its largest all year in various regions in Okinawa. This is an astronomical phenomenon when the moon looks larger than usual because it is closer to the earth. At Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, many tourists...

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, the Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomed its 20 millionth visitor since it opened in June 1989 in Itoman. Sayuri Watanabe, from Aichi Prefecture, who for the first time visited the museum, became the 20 millionth visitor. At the welcome ceremony, the curator...

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

Former Fishery Cooperative President: “Don’t reclaim Henoko”

August 28, 2014 Yugo Okita of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Henoko and Oura Bay are the only remaining rich fishing grounds on the east coast of Okinawa. If we just sit by and watch the reclamation, the fishing industry of Okinawa will not survive long.” The self-proclaimed “Chief of the...

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

AV-8B Harrier II catches fire after emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

September 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 5:12 p.m.on September 4, the United States Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier II caught fire near one of its tires after an emergency landing. The aircraft is normally stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point but was temporarily relocated...

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

More than 400 people attend memorial service held for victims of Tsushima-Maru tragedy

August 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 22 marked 70 years since the evacuation ship Tsushima-Maru carrying many school children was sunk by a U.S. submarine. At a memorial service held at the Kozakura-no-To monument in Wakasa, Naha, about 450 people, including survivors and bereaved families...

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

Photographs: the 60th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to Bolivia

August 25, 2014 Masaaki Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks the 60th year since Okinawans emigrated to Bolivia under the immigration plan by the Ryukyu Government. After 1954, 3,385 Okinawan people emigrated to Bolivia on 19 occasions over 10 years. The migrants established a community...

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

Poll finds 80% of residents favor stopping Henoko relocation work

August 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) carried out a telephone poll jointly on August 23 and 24 referring to the seabed drilling survey in Henoko, Nago. The Henoko bay area is the planned reclamation site for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

Nonprofit organization Japan Heart receives Okinawa Peace Award

August 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Award is given to individuals and organizations that contribute to making peace and nonviolence in the Asia Pacific region. The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on August 20 that Tokyo-based nonprofit organization Japan Heart became the...

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