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Akiyoshi Ito’s Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

Akiyoshi Ito's Photograph Exhibition held in Paris to let people know about the beautiful ocean of Okinawa

March 12, 2012 Yoko Oshiro correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Artist Akiyoshi Ito, who is famous for his underwater photography, is holding an exhibition in the Tropical Aquarium Porte Doree in Paris from February 2 to March 15. This is the second such exhibition to be held overseas, following that held in the Smithsonian Museum in 2005. It was made possible thanks to support from the director of the aquarium, Michel Hignette. Former Minister of Culture Jacques Toubon who attended the reception...

 

Protest rally against Osprey deployment to be held in late June

March 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 13, Ginowan Municipal Office representatives met with the city’s five key entities to discuss the issue of the deployment of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and confirmed plans...

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long habu at Yagaji – police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

Police officer “apprehends” a 1.5 meter long <em>habu</em> at Yagaji - police officials send a cautionary message to the public earlier than in normal years

March 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:00pm on March 5, Kouki Tarama, a police officer of the Yagaji Police Substation in Nago caught a poisonous habu snake that was about 1.5 meters in length in the front yard of the police substation. Nago Police Station drew residents’ attention...

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

March 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island, a black-faced spoonbill, a species listed by the Ministry of Environment as “critically endangered” on its Red List, was found with a fishhook in its beak. A similar accident occurred four years ago,...

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]
About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

[The Great East Japan Earthquake]<br>About 70 percent of evacuees in Okinawa feel “uneasy, but keen to return home”

March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 11, a year will have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Ryukyu Shimpo conducted a survey of evacuees to Okinawa from Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima before March 1. The percentage of respondents who answered, “I feel uneasy, but keen to return...

Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

Symposium about unexploded ordnance held in Naha

March 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Prefectural Youth Center on March 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a symposium entitled “Symposium on unexploded ordnance – Thinking about world peace from below.” Four panelists discussed the issue as it...

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association gives funds for an elementary school to Myanmar

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shinken Ryosawa, the president of the Okinawa and Myanmar Friendship Association, presented a new elementary school to Labutta, a town located in the southwestern part of Myanmar.
Ryosawa, who was born in Myanmar, donated approximately five million yen towards...

Hina-matsuri Party held at kindergarten in Naha

Hina-matsuri Party held at kindergarten in Naha

March 2, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, the day before the Hina-matsuri or also known as the Doll’s Festival, a tea party was held at Oroku-Minami Kindergarten in Naha to pray for children’s growth and health. Hina dolls were on display for the children while they tasted different...

IT students create a digital version of Okinawan chess

IT students create a digital version of Okinawan chess

February 29, 2012 Hiroko Sato of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Three students of the Naha branch of the Human Academy who were fascinated by chunzi, or Okinawan traditional chess, have created a digital version in which players use a touch-screen display controller. Anyone, even children, can...

Japanese International School teacher Tobaru creates eisa sensation in Berlin

Japanese International School teacher Tobaru creates <em>eisa</em> sensation in Berlin

February 20, 2012 Kumiko Hokama, Ryukyu Shimpo

Kiyofumi Tobaru, a teacher dispatched from Okinawa to the Japanese International School in Berlin, will finish his three-year tenure this March but may leave behind the eisa dance sensation in Berlin. The eisa dance performed...

Commander of Camp Kinser apologizes to Urasoe Mayor for soldiers training with firearms in a prohibited area

February 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to U.S. military personnel training with firearms near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Urasoe, Camp Kinser commander, Colonel John E. Kasperski, visited Urasoe Mayor Mitsuo Gima at the Urasoe Municipal Office on February 15. Colonel...