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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 the construction and furnishings of the elementary school.

Cyclones hit Myanmar in 2008 and 2010, destroying almost all of elementary schools in Labutta and killing many people. “Myanmar...

 

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...

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

U.S. military personnel seen training with rifles in Camp Kinser close to Route 58

February 14, 2012. Photograph by Yasuhide Matayoshi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. military personnel were seen training with firearms at around 3:30pm on February 13 at a location near the Camp Kinser perimeter fence beside Route 58 in Nakanishi, Urasoe.

Passersby looking through the fence...

Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

Looking back on the history of the reversion of Okinawa by recreating the meeting on the sea

January 31, 2012 Yoshiya Hokama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The meeting on the sea took place on April 28 in the years between 1963 and 1972. The people of Okinawa, who wished to return to Japanese sovereignty, and the people of Yoron, who had already officially returned to Japan, put fishing boats...

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

Booklet about Okinawan immigrants published

February 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa NGO Center, which conducted the “Let’s Study! The Worldwide Uchinanchu Project,” in which during the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival students in Okinawa learned about the history of Okinawan migrants, published CHAMPURREADO,...

Prefectural government establishes a new division to conduct independent research on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty and to build a Japan – U.S. professional network

January 31, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) revealed an outline of a new division designed to gather information and carry out research on security issues from April. The OPG is planning to commission specialists in Japan and the United States to...

Disposal of U.S. unexploded ordnance in Nishihara took eight hours of traffic control 

Disposal of U.S. unexploded ordnance in Nishihara took eight hours of traffic control 

January 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 22, 2012, an eight-inch U.S. shell found during the construction of a cemetery in Uchima, Nishihara Town was disposed of. Evacuation of residents started at 9:15am and traffic controls began at 9:45am. Until the disposal finished and the traffic...

Let’s sing Uchinaguchi

Let’s sing <em>Uchinaguchi</em>

January 20, 2012 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

Brandon Ing, a fourth-generation Okinawan from Hawaii, teaches English in Kanagusuku Elementary School in Naha. He wrote a song called “Let’s sing Uchinaguchi!” that has attracted some attention lately. The song includes Uchinaguchi...