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Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa branch of Japan Post released postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament. The stamps depict bullfighting scenes mainly from the works of freelance photographer Yukie Kudaka, who is from Uruma City and has published a photo book entitled “The Bullfighting Woman.” One sheet contains ten 80-yen stamps and a total of only 1,000 sheets are available in post offices in Uruma, Okinawa, Kin, Onna and...

 

Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

Brazil Kenjin-Kai calls for Governor to attend 100th anniversary ceremony

October 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The vice chairperson of the Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Eiki Shimabukuro, Juliana Higa and others visited the Okinawa Prefectural Office on October 15. Higa received a “Miss Ryuso” award, given to those who look good in Ryukyuan traditional costume....

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...

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...