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Okinawa-no-Maruyaki claims fifth prize at the Japan Local Products Exhibition

Okinawa-no-Maruyaki claims fifth prize at the Japan Local Products Exhibition

December 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Local Products Exhibition run by the Central Federation of Commerce and Industry was held in Tokyo between November 23 and 25. Okinawa-no-Maruyaki, a food item produced by Makoto Mochi in Motobu, represented Okinawa, and won the fifth prize. Makoto Higa, the owner of the company, said, “I am confident about Okinawa-no-Maruyaki. It is right up there at national level in terms of its taste.” Awards were made after voting by the participants...

 

Donald Keene visits the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman

Donald Keene visits the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman

December 14, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, Donald Keene, the famous 90-year-old scholar of Japanese literature, visited the Cornerstone of Peace in Itoman, offering prayers for the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. Keene participated in the battle as an interpreter for the U.S. military....

OPG to set up sexual assault victim assistance center

December 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, Hiroshi Shimoji, the head of the Environmental and Community Affairs Department, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), commented that he would strive to establish a “one-stop support center” to provide support for the victims...

Peace Boat and Korean environmental foundation co-host a tour concerning U.S. military base issues in Okinawa

Peace Boat and Korean environmental foundation co-host a tour concerning U.S. military base issues in Okinawa

December 13, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization the Peace Boat and a Korean environmental foundation co-hosted a tour designed to consider the burden on Okinawa of hosting U.S. forces in the prefecture. About 300 participants from outside...

University of the Ryukyus Hospital marks 10 years of support activities in Laos

University of the Ryukyus Hospital marks 10 years of support activities in Laos

December 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks ten years for the University of the Ryukyus Hospital since it began to teach practical guidance and knowledge of digestive endoscopy in Laos in January 2002. Fukunori Kinjo and Nagisa Kinjo, doctors of the Department of Endoscopy, University of...

Afforestation project for Shuri Castle starts in Higashi-son

Afforestation project for Shuri Castle starts in Higashi-son

December 5, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 30, in the national forest in Taira, Higashi-son the Shuri Castle Forest Development Council, which has been carrying out an afforestation project, planted 300 inumaki (Podocarpus macrophyllus) trees to use in restoring the castle to its...

Citizen group discusses methods of resistance on the Futenma gate blockade action

Citizen group discusses methods of resistance on the Futenma gate blockade action

December 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, at Okinawa International University in Ginowan members of the citizens’ group “Occupy Futenma” held a symposium entitled “Thinking about the September 30 Futenma Air Station gate blockade action.” Looking back at the protest action...

Movie featuring the U.S. military aircraft crash onto Miyamori Elementary School screened

Movie featuring the U.S. military aircraft crash onto Miyamori Elementary School screened

December 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, Himawari, a movie about the incident in which a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed onto Miyamori Elementary School in Ishikawa, killing 18 pupils on June 30, 1959, premiered in packed theaters in Uruma and Naha. The people...

Kedashiro suggests that the Senkaku Islands dispute should be resolved with Okinawan involvement

Kedashiro suggests that the Senkaku Islands dispute should be resolved with Okinawan involvement

December 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 5, a seminar entitled “The Senkaku Islands dispute and Okinawa” was held by the Okinawa Human Rights Association in the Yashio-So in Naha. Yotake Kedashiro, chair of the Senkaku Islands Missing-War-Bereaved Association, and Kenichi Uezato, emeritus...

Victims of the Battle of Okinawa sue the government

December 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Civilians and bereaved families who were victims in the Battle of Okinawa have sued the government, seeking an apology and damages of 11 million yen per person. This group lawsuit is referred to as the Nuchi-do-Takara court-case, which in the Okinawan dialect...

Rallies calling for the withdrawal of the Osprey held in 24 municipalities

Rallies calling for the withdrawal of the Osprey held in 24 municipalities

December 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 1 marked two months having passed since the United States deployed the MV-22 Osprey aircraft squadron to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. There are still strong voices being raised among Okinawan people seeking the withdrawal of the Osprey. Starting...