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Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society suggests Okinawa include Ryukyuan languages class in education at schools

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society held the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium this September. On October 24, the society wrote up a declaration for the symposium. The organization suggested that Okinawa should adopt Ryukyuan languages or Shimakutuba as second language and include classes for the languages in education programs at schools. A representative of the society handed over the statement to the Okinawa Prefectural Government and...

 

Okinawa Board of Education urges Defense Bureau to cooperate with Nago Board of Education for cultural artefacts

Okinawa Board of Education urges Defense Bureau to cooperate with Nago Board of Education for cultural artefacts

October 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education has recommended that the Okinawa Defense Bureau consult the Nago City Board of Education with regards to the conduct of the preliminary investigation and handling of five pieces of cultural artefacts found inside...

Toxic dioxin found inside barrels unearthed at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City

October 27, 2014 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

Out of 61 barrels unearthed at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City, 18 of them contained fouling material with a concentration of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD) at 50 percent. This level of toxicity in...

Aircraft part falls from a Kadena F-15 for the fourth time this year

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

During flight training on October 14, an F-15 fighter jet belonging to U.S. Air Force Kadena Base lost one of the engine parts, weighing 399 grams and 12.7 cm x 30.48 cm in diameter . According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), it is not yet known...

Buddhist monks and U.S.veterans take part in protest march against the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko and helipads in Takae

Buddhist monks and U.S.veterans take part in protest march against the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko and helipads in Takae

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20 in front of the Naha City Office, about 20 people, including Buddhist monks of Nipponzan Myohonji and former U.S. military servicemen, held a departing ceremony for the “2014 Okinawa Peace Memorial March”. The march around the island is an...

Okinawan Keiko Tsuji crowned Miss Japan, aiming for Miss Universe

Okinawan Keiko Tsuji crowned Miss Japan, aiming for Miss Universe

October 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-one-year-old student Keiko Tsuji, who is from Nago and was chosen to represent Japan at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office on October 23. Tsuji expressed her goals for the contest which will be held in Miami, Florida next January....

Okinawa Soba Day

Okinawa Soba Day

October 17, 2014 Ryuyu Shimpo

October 17 is Okinawa Soba Day. On October 16, at Okinawa Soba restaurant Kenpa No Subaya in the Omoromachi district of Naha, many businessmen and tourists came to taste the hot noodle with a broth made from bonito flakes.

Mikio Teruya who came with his...

Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

Reddish-brown moon appears in clouds during total eclipse

October 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 8, a total lunar eclipse was observed in various locations around Okinawa. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is aligned with and comes in between the moon and the sun. The red light from the sun is deflected through the earth’s atmosphere, illuminating...

Fund-raising campaign for cardiomyopathy boy reaches target

Fund-raising campaign for cardiomyopathy boy reaches target

October 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 16, a fund-raising campaign for 12-year-old Rai Matsushima, who is suffering from cardiomyopathy after myocarditis, exceeded its goal of 215 million yen. Rai was told he could only receive heart transplant surgery at a hospital in the United States....

HUOA seeks donations for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

HUOA seeks donations for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza

October 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, President Chris Mamoru Shimabukuro of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which has been visiting Okinawa from October 7 for an ancestral home study tour, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo building. The HUOA carries out tours every year. This...

Nago City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko

October 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments are building a new base in the Henoko district of Nago for replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, for which they began marine boring investigations in August. A majority of the Nago City Assembly members resolved...