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Okinawa Soba Day

Okinawa <em>Soba</em> Day

October 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 17 is Okinawa Soba Day. Until October 17, 1978, the Japan Fair Trade Commission did not allow Okinawa soba use the word soba in its name because the noodle does not contain buckwheat flour. However on that date, the Okinawa Fresh Noodles Cooperative and other organizations managed to get the commission to give permission to use the name Okinawa soba.

Okinawa soba restaurants held various events on...

 

Peace Studies Association of Okinawa demands that U.S. government regulate military aircraft noise

Peace Studies Association of Okinawa demands that U.S. government regulate military aircraft noise

October 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Peace Studies Association of Okinawa held its annual meeting at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara on October 20. At the meeting, Takeshi Tokashiki, associate professor at the university explained that low-frequency sound generated by the MV-22 Osprey...

Memorial Service for 10.10 Air Raid held

Memorial Service for 10.10 Air Raid held

October 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks 69 years since the U.S. military launched the large scale air raid on Naha on 10 October 1944. The Naha City War Dead Joint Association organized the 18th memorial service in front of Naguyake Peace Monument of Naha City Wakasa Seaside Park on...

Naha Mayor denounces hate speech in Japan

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga held a regular press conference on October 9. In response to a question about the Kyoto District Court banning hate speech around a school for ethnic Koreans, Onaga said, “I am anxious about what is going on in Japan.”

Onaga...

Peace Museum exhibits ‘Hawaii’s Uchinanchu and the Battle of Okinawa’

Peace Museum exhibits 'Hawaii's <em>Uchinanchu</em> and the Battle of Okinawa'

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum is running a special exhibition called “The war and Okinawa through the eyes of Hawaii’s Uchinanchu” from October 10 to December 11. Admission is free. It displays 189 materials such as documents showing...

Government to pay 25 million yen to asbestos victim’s family

October 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese Government agreed on October 1 to accept terms of settlement by which they pay damages to the family members of a male employee who died from an asbestos-related disease after working on U.S. military bases. Two male employees who worked on U.S. bases...

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

September 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The rice paper butterfly characterized by its black and white patchy pattern is the largest butterfly in Japan. Its black color variety was found on September 25. It is very rare to see such a butterfly.

The butterfly has wings that are more than 90 percent...

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

Battle of Okinawa testimony documentary film to be screened

September 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 28 at the Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman City, the Okinawa Prefectural Government will screen a documentary film featuring 350 Battle of Okinawa survivor testimonies.

To mark the film release, on September 28 a symposium was held with...

Researchers find that ants that do not work live longer

Researchers find that ants that do not work live longer

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The research team from the University of the Ryukyus and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science has found that ants that do not work actually live longer than those that do. The ants that live longer depend on those that work for them.

The research...

JICA Okinawa hosts 10,000th trainee

JICA Okinawa hosts 10,000th trainee

September 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

JICA Okinawa has hosted its 10,000th trainee from overseas. About 80 people, including JICA officials and trainees, celebrated this accomplishment at a ceremony held at the Okinawa International Center at Maeda, Urasoe. Toshihiro Obata, director general of JICA...

University presidents in Okinawa denounce military aircraft flying over campus grounds

University presidents in Okinawa denounce military aircraft flying over campus grounds

September 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, the presidents of nine universities in Okinawa issued a statement in response to the U.S. military’s helicopter (HH-60) crash. The statement called for the U.S. military to stop flight training over and around the property of the universities.

On...