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Remains from the Battle of Okinawa found in Nishihara

Remains from the Battle of Okinawa found in Nishihara

June 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 15, in the Kochi area of Nishihara, seven sets of remains that seem to have been soldiers and young civilian personnel of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa were found. Among those, there are skulls and teeth with three sets of remains. Yoshikiyo Takaesu, a representative of Gamafuya, the volunteer group dedicated to the recovery of remains of the Battle of Okinawa, said, “If we can carefully collect these remains, we should...

 

Japan Times reporter writes about the current state of affairs for the Okinawan dialect

Japan Times reporter writes about the current state of affairs for the Okinawan dialect

June 11, 2012 Sadao Tome, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion from U.S. rule to Japanese sovereignty, Japan Times reporter Ayako Mie visited the prefecture for four days at the beginning of May, reporting about the current...

Japanese government accepts a U.S. report on the crash in Morocco as a declaration of a clean bill of health and declares Osprey aircraft safe

June 9, 2012 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. Government has concluded that no mechanical problems were found to be involved in the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft crash in Morocco in April. Receiving the report from the United States government, a senior...

Shimauta live performance at the World Travel Fair 2012

<em>Shimauta</em> live performance at the World Travel Fair 2012

June 4, 2012 Ryota Kotani, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

From May 10 to 13, the World Travel Fair 2012 was held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in the Jingan district of Shanghai. Various countries and regions from around the world participated in the fair, running booths advertising...

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

June 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A yacht named Fang, with four people including 65 year-old skipper Takeo Kimura on board, completed a four-year voyage around the world. Kimura, who currently lives in Kanagawa, left Kushiro Port in Hokkaido on June 4, 2008. On June 9, 2012, he brought the yacht...

DNA testing conducted on 28 sets of remains of war dead

DNA testing conducted on 28 sets of remains of war dead

May 31, 2012 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 30, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that they had conducted DNA testing on 28 sets of remains of war dead from Okinawa Prefecture (one identified, 27 unidentified). The Ministry has been performing...

Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

May 27, 2012 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 26, at the Rural Environment Improvement Center of Kijoka, Ogimi, the unveiling ceremony was held of a tanka inscription dedicated to Major Hiroshi Terauchi, a Kamikaze pilot who died during the battle of Okinawa. Tokyo resident 86 year-old...

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

May 29, 2012 Ikue Nakaima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In Kagoshima City, there are four Okinawa pines (Pinus luchuensis) growing beside a road with a view of Sakurajima. Kagoshima resident Shoji Yoshimi, who has looked after these pine trees for 40 years, decided to hand on the baton to his son Akira...

Former chief analyst states that the MV-22 has a very serious issue in terms of safety

Former chief analyst states that the MV-22 has a very serious issue in terms of safety

May 28, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 27, former chief analyst Arthur Rex Rivolo, who testified before the House of Representatives in June 2009 on the inability of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to safely autorotate,...

One of the largest wartime shelters discovered in northern Okinawa found in Motobu

One of the largest wartime shelters discovered in northern Okinawa found in Motobu

May 27, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A dug-out shelter that would seem to have been built by the Imperial Japanese
Army (IJA) has been found in the hills of the Kenken district of Motobu. It is about 30 meters long, up to about two meters high and is one meter wide, and is probably one of the largest...

Big catch of banana fish

Big catch of banana fish

May 23 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22 at the Toya fishing port in Yomitan, there was a large catch of banana fish, known locally as gurukun, the prefectural fish of Okinawa. This catch is said to signal the arrival of summer. The total weight of the catch amounted to three tons, the...