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A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

A large quantity of ordnance found in Itoman

February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a volunteer group found a large quantity of ordnance in a shelter in Itoman. There were 861 bullets, five hand-grenades and one artillery round that had been stored there during the Battle of Okinawa.

Seventy four year-old Naha resident Isamu Kuniyoshi belongs to a group that has continued to collect the remains of those killed during the battle, and on this occasion they unearthed ammunition in shelters in Maezato and Ozato in Itoman....

 

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, as its caregivers looked on, the black-faced spoonbill that had been receiving medical treatment in an animal hospital in Naha since the end of last year was safely released back to the wild. Its injuries have healed but the bird was becoming...

Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

February 11, 2013 Ryota Kotani, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24 and 25, the Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair was held at the Metro City shopping mall in Shanghai. This event was originally scheduled to be held last October, but was postponed due to the dispute between Japan and China...

Road accidents involving Yambaru kuina hit record high

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced that in 2012 there were 49 road accidents involving the endangered Yambaru kuina or Okinawa Rail, the highest number since recording began in 1995. For the first time...

Second-generation Okinawan receives Presidential Citizens Medal

February 14, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On February 8, the White House announced that 90 year-old second-generation Okinawan Terry Shima from Hawaii has received the Presidential Citizens Medal.
During World War II, Shima joined the U.S. Army 442nd...

Levels of air pollution in Okinawa exceed national environmental standard

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Concerned about the effects of air pollution from China, on February 7, the Environmental Preservation Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) released measurements of particles called PM2.5 (that are smaller than 2.5 micrometers) that originate from...

Hoan-den in Motobu may become nationally-designated Important Intangible Cultural Property

<em>Hoan-den</em> in Motobu may become nationally-designated Important Intangible Cultural Property

February 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, Masami Shibata of the Osaka-based War Remains Research Association that is engaged in heritage work for war-related sites, researched the Hoan-den in Jahana, in the Motobu district, and then on January 29 visited a location in Tancha that...

Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

Okinawan traditional horse racing to be revived

February 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum, is working to resurrect Okinawan traditional horse racing called uma-harase, which was lost almost 70 years ago because of the war. Since last October, zookeepers are preparing the unique racing style using...

Okinawa Governor Nakaima renounces Osprey operation from Futenma Air Station

February 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In his regular press conference held in the afternoon of February 8, Okinawan Governor Hirokazu Nakaima referred to the incident in which a water bottle dropped from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft after it took off from U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. Nakaima...

Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

Kids play in snow delivered from Hokkaido

February 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 2, about 40 children enjoyed using snow transported from Hokkaido to make snowmen at the Nago Municipal Stadium. This is the venue of the professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ training camp. Four companies, including Hokkaido Shimbun...

Amami and Ryukyu islands on World Heritage list

Amami and Ryukyu islands on World Heritage list

February 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 31, at a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Co-ordination Committee for World Natural Heritage held at the Foreign Ministry, the Japanese government decided to apply for the inclusion of the Amami and Ryukyu islands on UNESCO’s provisional list...