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The World Youth Uchinanchu Festival held in Germany

The World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival held in Germany

July 31 2014 Ryukyu SHimpo

Under the theme of “Plant Okinawan seeds in Europe,” the third World Youth Uchinanchu Festival Germany 2014 was held in Dusseldorf from July 30 to August 1. Young people of Okinawan descent took part from all around the world. The event drew 38 participants from Germany, the United Kingdom and France. Before the opening ceremony, the participants took part in a sightseeing tour of the city, and interacted with one another.

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Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese company Kaiyodo which is known for figurines and garage kits worldwide, held a figure exhibit at the special hall on the third floor of Tomarin (Tomari Port Terminal) in Naha.

Organizers displayed over 4,000 figures created by the company. The exhibit...

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The mayors of all municipalities in Okinawa visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence to give him a petition requesting the U.S. and Japanese governments abandon the plan to relocate the facilities at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within...

Davao Memorial Service for the War Dead

Davao Memorial Service for the War Dead

July 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, a group from “The 50th Tour for Davao Memorial Service and Exchange” visited the Mintal district of Davao in the Philippines to hold a memorial service in front of the Monument of Okinawa at the Japanese Cemetery. Bereaved families of the...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

July 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dropped in at Henoko fishing port in Nago, during his stay in Okinawa to take part in a symposium. After visiting the tent of a 17-year ongoing sit-in, he surveyed the shore of Camp Schwab, the planned relocation site...

Himeyuri Peace Museum marks its 25th anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum marks its 25th anniversary

July 18, 2014 Eriko Tamaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman marked its 25th anniversary on June 23rd this year. In March 2014, the total number of visitors over the last 25 years was 19,801,496 people. Many students on school trips and tourists from outside Okinawa visited...

Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Baby saw sharks born at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

July 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, 12 saw sharks were born at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. It was the first time that a saw shark became pregnant and succeeded in giving birth to its babies at the aquarium. This is a rare, successful case for aquariums around the world because...

Typhoon Neoguri leaves 40 people injured and 2.2 billion yen in agricultural damage

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon Neoguri, which is called No. 8 in Japan, caused heavy damage in Okinawa on July 10. It was the first time Japan used a special danger alert.

On Tokashiki Island, the meteorological observatory measured a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 53 kilometers...

Okinawa Prefectural assembly resolves to preserve remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural assembly has unanimously resolved to preserve rather than cremate the remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa on July 10. The assembly asked the Japanese government to do so via the prefectural government.

The resolution was passed...

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

July 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau and city government released the results of their investigation into contamination from barrels found at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. They detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients...

Japan’s move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?”

Japan's move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?

July 6, 2014 Ikue Nakaima of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Teacher, do we have to go to war?”

A regular meeting of the High School and Handicapped People’s School Teachers’ and Staff Union was held in Naha City on July 4. The teachers reported that their students were concerned...