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Ueda ugan held to pray for good harvest

Ueda ugan held to pray for good harvest

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 19 is called Usui or rainwater, which is one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars, and the time the coldness eases and farming starts.

Ueda ugan is an annual event held on February 18 at Ukinjuhainju,Tamagusuku Nakandakari, Nanjo, where rice cultivation started in the Ryukyus. The community held the event to pray for a good harvest on the same day this year. The event is held annually on the first Ox day in...

 

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

February 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chokei Taira, the president of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors‘ Bureau (OCVB), delivered a lecture titled “Rethink about the future of Okinawa and the tourism industry” held on February 20 at Okinawa International University.

Taira...

Editorial: Diet encirclement against new US base represents departure from indifferent attitude toward Okinawa

February 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

More than seventy years have passed since the Battle of Okinawa, yet heavy-handed political forces still aim to fill the bountiful ocean with concrete in order to build a new military base. However, popular will is spreading in resistance to this authoritarian...

28,000 people surround National Diet Building in protest of building new base at Henoko

28,000 people surround National Diet Building in protest of building new base at Henoko

February 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of February 21, according to the organizers , 28,000 people gathered and made a human chain encircling the National Diet Building to protest construction of a replacement facility for Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago. Participants wore blue...

14,000 couples with resort weddings bring huge economic effects to Okinawa in 2015

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the Okinawa Prefecture Culture, Tourism and Sports Division announced 14,175 couples had Okinawa resort weddings in 2015, a rise of 17.5 percent for the same period last year and the highest number ever. Among the weddings, the number of couples...

161 college students from outside of Okinawa engaged in collecting remains of war dead

161 college students from outside of Okinawa engaged in collecting remains of war dead

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, 161 college students belonging to a non-profit organization, International Volunteer University Student Association (IVUSA), collected remains from the Battle of Okinawa in the Kuniyoshi district of Itoman. Skulls and thigh bones that seemed to...

In court ruling, Okinawan first foreign victim acknowledged in Taiwan’s February 28 Incident

February 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In 1947, the Kuomintang administration in Taiwan massacred civilians in what is known as the February 28 Incident. One of the victims of this incident was the father of 72-year-old Keishou Aoyama of Urasoe City, who was a Japanese fisherman in Taiwan at the...

Deaths from Kadena Air Base aircraft noise estimated at 4 people annually

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18 at Naha District Court, the oral proceedings of the third Kadena noise pollution lawsuit took place, presided over by Judge Tetuya Fujikura. Professor of environmental health at Hokkaido University Toshihito Matsui, called to the stand as an expert...

Okinawan children excited for snow from Hokkaido

Okinawan children excited for snow from Hokkaido

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Parents at the Tabaru Aiji Preschool in Tabaru, Naha City, held a snow-play party for the children on February 6. Three-hundred children and their parents attended the event to play with white snow sent from Hokkaido.

The event was held by the parents’...

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Newborn baby kangaroo in Okinawa Zoo and Museum

February 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Giant Kangaroo, or Macropus giganteus, Miyuki gave birth to her fourth baby in the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. The newborn baby kangaroo has frequently been showing its face from its mother’s pouch. On January 31, the breeding staff of the zoo...

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

Chatan protests against foreign aircrafts flying to Kadena Air Base

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of February 16, the Chatan Town Council held a special meeting to discuss the constant influx of foreign aircrafts flying to the Kadena Air Base. Members unanimously passed a resolution of protest and statement against this issue. The statement...