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10 sets of human remains unearthed in Japanese Army fortified shelter in Urasoe

10 sets of human remains unearthed in Japanese Army fortified shelter in Urasoe

December 29, 2013 Yoshiki Nagahama of Ryukyu Shimpo

A volunteer collecting remains of war dead unearthed ten sets of human remains in an Imperial Japanese Army shelter in the Maeda district of Urasoe on December 28.

Nine of them had teeth, creating the possibility for the researchers to collect DNA samples. Some of the items found have names on them, such as “Kuniyoshi” on a razor and “Araki” on a triangle ruler. This may assist in identifying the remains....

 

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 22. In this ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and the Takushi Hija River in Urasoe and presented it to the...

Hawaii United Okinawa Association gives awards for distinguished service

Hawaii United Okinawa Association gives awards for distinguished service

December 9, 2013 Chikako Nago of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association held a ceremony for the Yujiri Legacy Awards 2013. This event recognizes individuals who have contributed to the well-being of Hawaiian society and provided outstanding...

Okinawa has highest poverty rate in Japan

Okinawa has highest poverty rate in Japan

December 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The poverty rate of Okinawa in 2007 was 29.3 percent, the highest in Japan and twice the national average of 14.4 percent. Associate professor of Yamagata University Kensaku Tomuro revealed the results of his survey of poverty rates by prefecture on December...

One-ton unexploded ordnance found at Cape Kyan in Itoman

One-ton unexploded ordnance found at Cape Kyan in Itoman

December 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At about 12:40 p.m. on December 12, workers carrying out a magnetic survey found a one-ton bomb in an uninhabited area of Kyan in Itoman. Experts speculate that the piece of unexploded ordnance found buried about one meter below the ground was a U.S. made bomb....

Hundreds of women protest against Henoko relocation

Hundreds of women protest against Henoko relocation

December 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago, where they will reclaim land to build the new base. At the Public Square in Naha on December 10, 500 people, mainly women, gathered to ask Okinawa Governor...

Early Christmas presents for welfare institutions in Okinawa

December 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa branch of the Federation of Japan Confectionery Associations baked 260 Christmas cakes for welfare institutions in Okinawa on December 4. This was part of annual welfare projects supported by the Okinawa Prefecture Council of Social Welfare and Community.

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Argentine ants found where earth and sand is to be collected for Henoko reclamation work

Argentine ants found where earth and sand is to be collected for Henoko reclamation work

December 4, 2013 Hisao Tome of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move the facilities at Futenma to Henoko in Nago, where they will reclaim land to build a new base. The Japanese government intends to use earth and sand from Yamaguchi Prefecture. On December 3 the...

Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

 Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

December 6, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

The Naha City Assembly began questioning the Naha Municipal Government on December 6 as the December round of regular meetings. On the issue of moving the facilities at Futenma to Henoko in Nago, Mayor Takeshi Onaga said, “Even in these difficult circumstances,...

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

November 23, 2013 Rie Higashihama Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A one-and-a-half year-old Yonaguni horse was rescued safely from a freighter stranded on a reef near the northeastern part of Yonaguni Island in the afternoon of November 20. The horse had survived without eating or drinking...

U.S. government to provide compensation payment to taxi driver robbed and injured by military servicemen

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two U.S. military servicemen received prison sentences for robbing and injuring a taxi driver in Okinawa City in 2006. The U.S. government did not provide compensation to the victim for over four years. At first, they said that could not pay the victim if he...