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Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of December 16, a ceremony to commence the 13th Itoman City Peaceful Illumination, making a wish for peace, was held at Itoman Farm for Tourists in Mabuni, Itoman. It will be in place until January 3. Mayor of Itoman City, Hirotsune Uehara, the chairperson of the event, said, “Here, where the Battle of Okinawa came to an end, let us make a wish to build a peaceful world without war.” With that, he and the community’s elementary, junior...

 

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director’s injudicious remarks

Women stage a protest rally showing a red card on the issue of the former Okinawa Defense Director's injudicious remarks

December 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A protest rally organized by the Executive Committee of Women was held on December 7 at the Kyoiku Fukushi Kaikan in Naha. Many participants expressed their revulsion towards the injudicious remarks made by former Okinawa Defense Director Satoshi Tanaka and their...

Okinawa defense official’s injudicious remark:Defense Minister apologizes to Okinawa Governor, saying, “This has offended the people of Okinawa”

Okinawa defense official’s injudicious remark:Defense Minister apologizes to Okinawa Governor, saying,

December 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
In the evening of December 2, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with Governor Hirokazu Nakaima to discuss the injudicious remark by Satoshi Tanaka, the director-general of the Okinawa Defense Bureau on November 28, about the...

World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

World’s Longest Ishigaki Kebab created to mark New Ishigaki Airport

November 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 27, at the site of the planned construction of the New Ishigaki Airport in Shiraho, Ishigaki, the city held the “Ishigaki Beef BBQ Festival” and set a new Guinness World Record for the longest kebab-style BBQ. The kebab was measured at 107.6...

Okinawa’s Islands Fair kicks off – Stadium imbued with island flavor

Okinawa’s Islands Fair kicks off - Stadium imbued with island flavor

November 26, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 25, the Okinawa Islands Fair – Blessing from the Islands commenced at the Okinawa Cellular Park Naha at Onoyama Park. Some of the Okinawa’s premier products were exhibited and sold over three days until November 27. The traditional...

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Ceremony marking the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

November 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST, President Jonathan Dorfan) was held at its main campus in Tancha, Onna Village on November 19.
The ceremony was attended by about 500...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously moves to request that the government not submit the Henoko evaluation report

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously moves to request that the government not submit the Henoko evaluation report

November 15, 2011

In an extraordinary meeting held on November 14, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, chaired by Zenshin Takamine, unanimously decided to ask the central government not to submit the evaluation report on the environmental impact of the relocation of United States Marine Corps...

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

October 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 30, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival, a Royal Procession replicating a scene on a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The splendor and beauty of the parade fascinated local people and tourists...

Karate demonstration on Karate Day

Karate demonstration on Karate Day

October 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, the Society for the Advancement of Traditional Okinawa Karate had a special demonstration for the first time on Karate Day. It was held in front of Palette Kumoji, a department store in Naha, to demonstrate karate to people from both inside and...

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

October 25, 2011

Early in the morning of October 25, the United States Army moved its PAC3 (Patriot surface-to-air missile) and related vehicles, which had been deployed in the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station and Camp Courtney in Uruma City. The Okinawa...

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba met with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall, and with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. He requested their understanding with regard to the plan to relocate the Futenma...