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Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

Anesthesiologist Dr. Sakura Kinjo wins Rocky Challenge Prize for bridging Japan-US academic exchange

September 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nakamura Iwao Challenge Foundation awards its Rocky Challenge Prize to Okinawans with global ambitions who serve as a role model to Okinawan youth. This year’s Rocky Challenge Prize will be awarded to Dr. Sakura Kinjo, an anesthesiologist and clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Kinjo, an Okinawa City native, will be the eleventh recipient of the Rocky Prize. The award ceremony will take place virtually on November...

 

Group submits proposal to preserve the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a “peace education site,” Okinawa’s vice governor will look to discuss at investigative commission

Group submits proposal to preserve the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter as a “peace education site,” Okinawa’s vice governor will look to discuss at investigative commission

September 17, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The committee to preserve and open to the public the 32nd Army Headquarters Shelter (Eiki Senaha, chairman) met with Okinawa vice-governor Kiichiro Jahana at the Okinawa Prefectural Office September 16, where they submitted a proposal to designate the 32nd...

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

Okinawan coronavirus strain that was prevalent in mid-July determined to be genetically similar to strain in Tokyo, but Okinawa Prefecture says the analysis “Does not provide a complete picture”

September 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The strain of coronavirus that spread through Okinawa’s main island in mid-July was discovered to be similar to what was being found in Tokyo. After making a request to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Okinawa Prefecture analyzed the virus’...

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

The “Hajichi” photo exhibit in Tokyo memorializes forgotten traditional custom of tattooing among women in Okinawa

September 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Tokyo – Former Ryukyu Shimpo photographer Hiroaki Yamashiro’s photography collection “Ryukyu Memory – Hajichi” which captures images of the hand tattoos, is on exhibit in Tokyo at Nobunkyo – Nobunsho Center (an agriculture specialty...

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

Spectators and performers alike feel uplifted by Michi Junei, performed despite coronavirus

September 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 2, Ukui, the final day of the Obon festival, the Okinawa City Kubota Youth Association performed the Eisa dance Michi Junei as a tribute to ancestors in the afterlife. Up through last year the Youth Association included a total...

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

Naha District Court dismisses lawsuit for referendum about GSDF deployment to Ishigaki City

August 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

On August 27 in the Naha District Court (Judge Kaoru Hirayama presiding), a decision was handed down in the public trial of the lawsuit requesting that the city shoulder the responsibility of conducting a local referendum concerning the plan to deploy...

Uniting the world and Okinawa: Andres Higa, founder of Uchinanchu Day

Uniting the world and Okinawa: Andres Higa, founder of Uchinanchu Day

August 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 30 was designated World Uchinanchu Day in 2016 during the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Uchinanchu Taikai), falling on the final day of the multi-day event. One of the masterminds behind the celebratory day is Andres Higa, 46, a member of the Nago...

Diary of mayor who lost wife and four children in Tsushima Maru sinking is published

Diary of mayor who lost wife and four children in Tsushima Maru sinking is published

August 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Reiko Akamine

Aug 22, 2020 marks 76 years to the day since Tsushima Maru, a passenger/cargo ship carrying children and civilian evacuees out of Okinawa, was sunk by an American submarine during WWII. While the number of living survivors and bereaved...

Eleven rushed to hospital after box jellyfish stings, possibly related to coronavirus beach closures

Eleven rushed to hospital after box jellyfish stings, possibly related to coronavirus beach closures

August 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma – Between August 1 and 19, 11 people were rushed to the hospital after being stung by box jellyfish or Portuguese man o’ wars, leading the Uruma Fire Department (led by Fire Chief Asahiro Morimizato) to call for increased caution. “We are asking people...

Ishigaki residents demand construction related to JSDF deployment be halted, citing noise pollution and environmental destruction

Ishigaki residents demand construction related to JSDF deployment be halted, citing noise pollution and environmental destruction

August 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki – The Ishigaki citizens’ liaison committee to prevent military base construction on Ishigaki Island sent a written demand to the Ministry of Defense and the Okinawa Defense Bureau August 17, demanding that construction cease on a Japan Ground Self...

Four police helicopters parked at Naha Airport for guarding the Senkaku Islands

Four police helicopters parked at Naha Airport for guarding the Senkaku Islands

August 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 6:00 p.m. on August 12, it was confirmed that four large helicopters belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department, the Osaka Prefectural Police, and the like are parked at Naha Airport. According to Okinawa Prefectural Police personnel, these helicopters...