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120000 people conduct evacuation drills in Okinawa

120000 people conduct evacuation drills in Okinawa

November 06, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and all municipalities conducted evacuation drills in many parts of Okinawa for the first time this year, on the basis that a huge earthquake and tsunami had occurred.

About 120000 people from 800 organizations participated in these drills. The emergency alert system that sent e-mails simultaneously to mobile phones across the prefecture was tested. Residents...

 

Second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in the United States next July

Second World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival to be held in the United States next July

October 21, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

The second World Youth Uchinanchu Festival will be held in Los Angeles at the end of next June. This festival that brings together Uchinanchu youth from all around the globe is organized by the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA),...

Naha adopts Uchinaguchi in employment test

October 22, 2012 Masanao Chinen of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the Naha Municipal Office announced that it will incorporate greetings in Uchinaguchi into this year’s employment test interviews. This is a part of the “Haisai, Haitai Campaign” in which staff...

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

Human bones and stone tools dating back 12000 years found in Nanjo

October 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of October 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced that they had found human and boar bones and tools made of quartz and shellfish in the 12000 year-old layer of the Old Stone Age in the Sakitari Cave Ruins in Nanjo. According...

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

Yoshimatsu wins Miss International crown

October 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 21, the final of the 52nd Miss International was held at the Budokan in Naha. Ikumi Yoshimatsu, 25, from Saga Prefecture, won Miss International 2012, ahead of 68 other beauty contest candidates from 80 countries and regions. This was the first time...

Nakachi looks back on the landowners’ struggle against the U.S. military in the post-war period

Nakachi looks back on the landowners' struggle against the U.S. military in the post-war period

October 5, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 20, at the exhibition at the Okinawa City Gallery Postwar Culture and History called “Histreet,” the Okinawa Municipal Historiographic Office held its regular monthly meeting of the Society for Postwar History. Meijo Nakachi, the editor...

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

270000 people enjoy huge tug of war in Naha

October 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 7, the 42nd Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug of War) was held at the intersection of Route 58 in Kumoji, Naha. According to the organizers, about 275000 people participated in the festival, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the event in which huge...

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

More than 1000 citizens hold rally in Nago calling for withdrawal of Osprey

October 4, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 3 a citizens’ rally protesting against the Osprey deployment was held in the courtyard of Nago Municipal Office. This was the first rally to be held at the level of a village, town or city since the Osprey were deployed in Okinawa and according to...

Site of the Minatogawa Man remains goes municipal after land acquisition

Site of the Minatogawa Man remains goes municipal after land acquisition

September 23, 2012, Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yaese Town will start promoting the Minatogawa Fissure archaeological site in Nagamo as one of the main tourist sites in southern Okinawa. The plan to promote the site where they found the 18000 year-old remains of the Minatogawa Man includes...

Members of the Okinawa-kai enjoy a picnic in Washington, DC

Members of the Okinawa-kai enjoy a picnic in Washington, DC

October 1, 2012 Tamiko Suzuki Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 15, the Washington DC Okinawa Association held its annual picnic under a clear autumn sky in a park in Potomac, Maryland. Committee members and volunteers from the Okinawa-kai busied themselves setting up the tables,...

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

Citizen group sit-in block gates to U.S. Futenma base

September 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 9:00am on September 28, in front of the Oyama gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, about 100 people from civil groups such as the Okinawa Peace Movement Center and labor unions held a rally to protest against the deployment of MV-22 Osprey...