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Singer UA establishes organization to consider food-safety issues around radiation contamination

Singer UA establishes organization to consider food-safety issues around radiation contamination

January 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, ten months had passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Japanese singer-songwriter UA, who moved from Kanagawa Prefecture to Okinawa because of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and her friends who also evacuated to Okinawa, established Tida no wa, an organization to consider safety issues related to internal radiation exposure through food consumption. They plan to hold the Tida no wa Festival, which includes live...

 

Okinawan youngsters to participate in networking tour to Brazil for the first time

Okinawan youngsters to participate in networking tour to Brazil for the first time

January 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 10, Minami Tamamoto, the director of the Okinawa head office of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association and others held a press conference and announced that three Okinawan young people including director Tamamoto join the 5th Niiseetaa...

Less than 50 percent say that they can speak the Okinawan dialect
Ryukyu Shimpo conducts an attitude survey

Less than 50 percent say that they can speak the Okinawan dialect<br/>Ryukyu Shimpo conducts an attitude survey

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo conducted an attitude survey in November 2011 in order to gain an insight into the character of Okinawan people and to detect trends in society. This is the third of its kind after those carried out in 2001 and 2006. The percentage who answered,...

Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

Dragon-shaped pottery to bring luck

December 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the year wound down, workers at Toushingama in Yomitan Village were busy making items of pottery in the shape of a dragon, next year’s Chinese zodiac animal.

“Just as the dragon rises up, I really do hope that next year will be a good year for...

Seifa Utaki the sacred prayer site to close six days a year from 2012 for preserve the environment

Seifa Utaki the sacred prayer site to close six days a year from 2012 for preserve the environment

December 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 27, the Nanjo Municipal Office announced that from 2012 it will close the sacred prayer site Seifa Utaki for six days a year from May 1 to 3 and October 1 to 3 of the lunar calendar.

After being designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000,...

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14 at the prefectural government offices, a war victim group filing a collective lawsuit with the central government for an apology and compensation to civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa, made its stance clear on a war victim assistance...

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

December 11, 2011 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been nine months since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Efforts to help victims of the earthquake still continue today. An Okinawan woman studying in Oulu City in Finland worked with seven other Japanese students to make a charity event...

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii publishes a book of stories of Okinawan Americans who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2011 Kazuki Furugen of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii (President Rodney Kohagura), which is made up mainly of Okinawan immigrants, has published a book entitled “Talk Stories 5th Edition 2011.” The book features stories of Okinawan Americans...

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

Kawasaki Ward plans to publish recollections of U.S. military jet crash

December 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty years have passed since December 7, 1961 when a U.S. military jet crashed in Kawasaki, Gushikawa (currently Uruma City). Despite the crash killing two people, injuring at least six others and burning down three houses, the accident was not covered by media...

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director’s injudicious remarks

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director's injudicious remarks

December 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest rally organized by the Executive Committee of Women was held on December 7 at the Kyoiku Fukushi Kaikan in Naha. Many participants expressed their revulsion towards the injudicious remarks made by former Okinawa Defense Director Satoshi Tanaka and their...

Azama named National Language Teacher of the Year

Azama named National Language Teacher of the Year

December 4, 2011 Sadao Tome correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yo Azama, a 41 year-old Japanese teacher from Tomishiro City currently working at North Salinas High School in Salinas, California, was named as the National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign...