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Physically challenged travel abroad

Physically challenged travel abroad

January 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty five year-old Miki Higa, who was born with cerebral palsy, will visit the Philippines for a week from February 28 as the first person to go on the FLY ANAY! PROJECT. This project was established to support physically challenged individuals whose dreams are to travel abroad. The program includes a home-stay as well as exchanges with local people with disabilities. Higa is looking forward to making her first overseas trip.

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Miss Okinawa Seira Kawabata aims to become Miss Universe

Miss Okinawa Seira Kawabata aims to become Miss Universe

January 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty one year-old student Seira Kawabata, who was chosen at the regional pageant held in Yomitan last November to represent Okinawa at the Miss Universe Japan 2013 pageant, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office recently. The Urasoe-born beauty queen said, “I...

Bucket falls from airborne MV 22 Osprey in San Diego

January 20, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 17, a five-gallon bucket fell from an USMC MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft and smashed through the roof of an auto repair shop near the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in...

Monument honoring Shinjo Miyagi – father of the cultured oyster – to be restored

Monument honoring Shinjo Miyagi - father of the cultured oyster - to be restored

January 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ogimi Municipal Office has established a special committee to support the rebuilding of the monument honoring Miyagi Shinsho in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The late Shinsho Miyagi (1884-1967), who was from the Arime district of Ogimi, was referred to in...

Karate master promotes the martial art in North America and Europe

Karate master promotes the martial art in North America and Europe

December 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, Akihito Yagi, the chairman of the International Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-Do Association, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office in Ameku, Naha. Yagi reported that on his trip he taught and promoted Okinawan karate in about ten countries in North America...

Coming-of-Age day ceremonies held throughout Okinawa

Coming-of-Age day ceremonies held throughout Okinawa

January 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 13, the day before Coming-of-Age Day, a Japanese national holiday held annually on the second Monday of January, ceremonies were held in 20 cities and towns, including Naha, Okinawa, Uruma, Urasoe, Ginowan, and Nago. Young people dressed in suits and...

Sweet potato weevil eradicated on Kume-jima

January 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, a senior staff member of the Naha Plant Protection Station announced that the serious plant pest known as the sweet potato weevil, or Cylas formicarius, has been eradicated on...

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, a special “Take Care of an Elephant” event was held at the Kinoshita Circus venue at Toyosaki in Tomigusuku. Nagi Oshiro, a third-grade pupil of Takara Elementary School, enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunity, washing down an elephant...

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

December 25, 2012, Michiyo Kuniyoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum has published a new book entitled Himeyuri Students who survived — the path home from the internment camp. At the museum, the Himeyuri stories in the exhibitions or in printed materials are mainly focused...

U.S. servicemen arrested on consecutive days

December 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, a Marine corporal was arrested in Naha on trespassing charges, and the next day, on December 29, Naha Police arrested a Marine lance corporal on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The lance corporal’s vehicle collided with...

Activities for the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival have begun

Activities for the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival have begun

December 24, 2012 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Two months have passed since it was decided that the 2nd Worldwide Youth Uchinanchu Festival will be held in Los Angeles around July 2013. Two representatives from Okinawa have already been to the United States, and on November...