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Orion Beer to donate one yen per beer towards the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

Orion Beer to donate one yen per beer towards the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

March 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Beer has started a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a commercial facility called “Hawaii Okinawa Plaza” led by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUO). The campaign aims to donate one yen per bottle of sales revenue from “Orion Draft Beer.” One yen for every bottle of large (633 ml), middle (500 ml), and small (334 ml) Orion beer shipped from March 2 to June 30 will be donated. During the campaign, middle-size bottles...

 

Okinawan Restaurant Nanpu closes after 67 years in Kabuki-Cho

Okinawan Restaurant Nanpu closes after 67 years in Kabuki-Cho

March 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

After 67 years of its history, pioneering Okinawan restaurant Nanpu in Kabuki-Cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo will close at the end of this month. The 68-year old owner Kiyomi Maeda explained, “I’m getting weak physically, and there is no one to pass this restaurant...

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

Argentinian drumming group “Mukaito Taiko” marks its 20th anniversary

March 9, 2015 Ricardo Oshiro, Ryukyu Shimpo correspondent

Mukaito Taiko, which was the first ensemble taiko drumming group to be formed in Argentina, has performed to a packed-out audience, to mark the 20th anniversary of its foundation. The group performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Maipo...

JCG’s craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

JCG's craft hits rubber boat carrying Henoko protesters

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A collision occurred when the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft “Arutairu,” was chasing a rubber boat carrying two citizens protesting against the construction of a new offshore U.S. air base in Henoko to replace Marine Corps...

JCG’s craft rams into protester’s boat off Henko

JCG's craft rams into protester's boat off Henko

March 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, in Oura Bay, Nago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)’s special guard and rescue craft collided with a rubber boat carrying two activists protesting against new U.S. base construction. The JCG chased the protesters’ rubber boat, which crossed over...

20 sanshin players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

20 <em>sanshin</em> players perform, protesting against new US military base construction

March 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Citizens are protesting against offshore construction work for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago. On Sanshin Day, March 4, 20 sanshin and Koto performers, including Eiji Shimabukuro,...

New “Awamori Queens” selected

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March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 1 at the Loisir Hotel Naha in Naha City, the 2015 30th Awamori Queen Pageant was held. Miyu Oshiro from Chatan town, and Mako Yonaha and Ayumi Tokashiki from Naha City were selected as new queens. President Misako Tamanaha of the Prefectural Sake Brewers...

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

March 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine delivered his policy speech at the monthly meeting of the Nago City Assembly. Inamine criticized the Japanese government for forcing through construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. He claimed, “The...

6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

6 thousand of endemic species Yaeyama Ishigame exported in one and a half years

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaeyama Ishigame or yellow pond turtle is endemic to the Yaeyama Islands. It is speculated that only about 30,000 of them live on the islands. According to the Ministry of the Environment, about 6,000 Yaeyama Ishigame turtles were exported overseas between the period...

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, 1974, during the construction of a side ditch close to Saint Matthew kindergarten in Oroku, Naha an unexploded ordinance exploded, killing four people, including students, and injuring 34 people. The explosion occurred during an annual Doll Festival held...

Okinawan boy undergoes successful heart transplant surgery in NY

Okinawan boy undergoes successful heart transplant surgery in NY

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen-year-old Rai Matsushima, who suffers from severe heart disease, received successful heart transplant surgery at Columbia University Hospital in New York, on February 28, Japan time.

The Raikun-sukuu-kai, the fund-raising group for the boy, announced...