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Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, a special “Take Care of an Elephant” event was held at the Kinoshita Circus venue at Toyosaki in Tomigusuku. Nagi Oshiro, a third-grade pupil of Takara Elementary School, enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunity, washing down an elephant and helping to clean out its enclosure.

“The elephant was bigger than I thought, but it’s really cute,” she said.

Her job started from 7:30am, so she got up early to...

 

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

December 25, 2012, Michiyo Kuniyoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum has published a new book entitled Himeyuri Students who survived — the path home from the internment camp. At the museum, the Himeyuri stories in the exhibitions or in printed materials are mainly focused...

U.S. servicemen arrested on consecutive days

December 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, a Marine corporal was arrested in Naha on trespassing charges, and the next day, on December 29, Naha Police arrested a Marine lance corporal on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The lance corporal’s vehicle collided with...

Activities for the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival have begun

Activities for the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival have begun

December 24, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Two months have passed since it was decided that the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival will be held in Los Angeles around July 2013. Two representatives from Okinawa have already been to the United States, and on November...

Iizuka becomes Chevalier du Taste-Fromage

Iizuka becomes Chevalier du Taste-Fromage

December 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Midori Iizuka, owner chef of the Italian restaurant Tedako-tei received the French traditional cheese lovers’ title Confrérie des Chevaliers du Taste-Fromage.
Her restaurant serves several dishes with French cheese and her contribution to the increasing...

Thousands of protesters march against Osprey deployment while singing

Thousands of protesters march against Osprey deployment while singing

December 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a rally was held in Ginowan to protest against the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to Okinawa, and against ongoing crime and incidents involving U.S. military personnel. About 3000 people from both inside and outside of the prefecture participated...

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

December 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Koza Riot, which occurred before dawn on December 20, 1970, 66 year-old former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman Kazuo Kuniyoshi published a photo book entitled STAND! He has been taking photographs of the U.S. military bases...

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

December 16, 2012 Michiyo Yonamine of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A book called Resistant Islands, which looks at the issue of U.S. military bases from the viewpoint of local residents, was published in the United States this summer. Satoko Norimatsu, the director of the Peace Philosophy Centre,...

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,...

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...