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Editorial: Welcoming the New Year – Toward a Functioning Democracy

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It is now 2020. We hope this year becomes one in which Okinawans demonstrate their autonomy and rebuild the extremely shaky foundations of democracy.

In the House of Representatives, the ruling party holds an absolute majority. It feels as though the National Diet has become only a ratifying body for the administration, and is not functioning as a check on the executive branch.

The judicial branch remains an independent body that exercises its...

 

New Year’s Banquet held at Shuri Castle first time after fire

New Year’s Banquet held at Shuri Castle first time after fire

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Shuri Castle Park’s annual New Year’s Banquet (Shinshun no Utage), a three-day festivity, held during the first three days of each New Year, opened again this year on park grounds on January 1, in Naha City, Okinawa.

It is the first New Year’s Banquet...

Ryo Kiyuna determined to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, “I train 365 days a year”

Ryo Kiyuna determined to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics, “I train 365 days a year”

January 1, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Shun Furukawa

With currently no true rival in the world, Karateka Ryo Kiyuna is considered the Japanese athlete with the best chance of taking home a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While most only the world champion’s face makes its way...

Editorial:With Henoko construction costs expected to reach 930 billion yen, land reclamation must be stopped at once

December 27, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced that new base construction at Henoko in Nago city would have an estimated total construction cost of around 930 billion yen, and would take approximately 12 years to complete. Due to soft ground conditions in Oura Bay spreading,...

The Original Awamori opportunity with Lao-Lao made by Lao women

The Original Awamori  opportunity with Lao-Lao made by Lao women

December 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

In the new year, Co-Op Okinawa (Urasoe City, Okinawa) will begin importing the Lao traditional alcohol Lao-Lao into Okinawa to support industrialization in Laos. Currently, Lao-Lao is produced and sold in Laos and a portion of profits is...

Ryukyu performance arts win national arts awards

Ryukyu performance arts win national arts awards

December 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The play Gungwachi Kungwachi (Okinawan for May and September) by the Ryukyu Art Embassy was awarded Grand Prize in the Popular Entertainment category of the 2019 74th annual ACA National Arts Festival, organized by the Japanese government Agency for...

Taiwan donates to Okinawa, optimistic on timber sourcing for Shuri Castle

Taiwan donates to Okinawa, optimistic on timber sourcing for Shuri Castle

December 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Fan Chen-Kuo, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative to Japan in Naha, visited the Okinawan prefectural government office to present Governor Denny Tamaki with a donation to rebuild Shuri Castle, which had burned down in a recent fire....

One of a kind! An armored deep sea fish? Churaumi Aquarium displays the rare oni armored searobin for the first time ever

One of a kind! An armored deep sea fish? Churaumi Aquarium displays the rare oni armored searobin for the first time ever

December 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu – The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium has for the first time in the world put the exceedingly rare deep-sea oni armored searobin on display.

As the name suggests, armored searobins are characterized by scales that look like a suit of armor, however...

Okinawa welcomes peak chrysanthemum season as supplier of the New Year’s staple

Okinawa welcomes peak chrysanthemum season as supplier of the New Year’s staple

December 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s chrysanthemum flower producers have welcomed peak shipping season ahead of the New Year.

To accommodate the increased output, the Okinawa Flower Grower’s Co-op set up an expanded delivery schedule in partnership with ANA Cargo.

Each...

Showing Friendship in Ryusou and Chima Jeogori An Event on Kokusai Street, Okinawa The Tourism Industry Amid Worsening Japanese-Korean Relations

Showing Friendship in Ryusou and Chima Jeogori An Event on Kokusai Street, Okinawa The Tourism Industry Amid Worsening Japanese-Korean Relations

December 16, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, an event called “Let’s Show Friendship Between Okinawa and South Korea” was held on Kokusai Street in Naha, Okinawa.

Visitors could take photos with female staff in traditional Okinawan dress, called ryusou, and Korean chima jeogori...

“I understood how both the Uchinanchu and U.S. military felt.” Okinawan musician who grew up down the street from military base shares his story on the 49th anniversary of the Koza Riot

“I understood how both the Uchinanchu and U.S. military felt.” Okinawan musician who grew up down the street from military base shares his story on the 49th anniversary of the Koza Riot

December 20, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mikako Shimoji

Okinawa – The air was thick with the smell of smoke, and the people were filled with anger.

On December 20, 1970, 49 years ago, in an angry response to a U.S. military member causing a traffic accident as well as the response...