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Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

Multinational party held in monorail attracts 130 people

March 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A monorail station and a train have been transformed into a party venue. On February 28, an international exchange event, “English Network Dinner” was held at Shuri station on the Okinawa City Monorail Line, or Yui Rail. The event participants got to have the station and train all to themselves. With beer servers placed in the train, the participants enjoyed savoring Brazilian cuisines at the station platform, where samba dance was performed. About...

 

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

March 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center has assembled about one thousand Ryukyuan traditional patterns in a database. These patterns are used for Okinawan lacquer wares, bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, and textiles collected in museums and resource...

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

Monument built to honor victims of ordinance explosion at St. Matthew kindergarten

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 2, 1974, during the construction of a side ditch close to Saint Matthew kindergarten in Oroku, Naha an unexploded ordinance exploded, killing four people, including students, and injuring 34 people. The explosion occurred during an annual Doll Festival held...

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

Nago city council accuses defense bureau of damaging coral in Henoko

February 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 25, chairman Minoru Yabiku and other members of the Nago city council handed over a written opinion to Kazunori Inoue, the director of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. In the written opinion, they criticized the defense bureau for damaging coral by installing...

Okinawan boy undergoes successful heart transplant surgery in NY

Okinawan boy undergoes successful heart transplant surgery in NY

March 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirteen-year-old Rai Matsushima, who suffers from severe heart disease, received successful heart transplant surgery at Columbia University Hospital in New York, on February 28, Japan time.

The Raikun-sukuu-kai, the fund-raising group for the boy, announced...

Majority of Okinawan companies claim labor shortage affecting their operation

February 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Development Finance Corporation, on February 25, revealed the result of a survey on labor scarcity and its impact. The companies that answered “already facing scarcity of employees” and “expecting to face scarcity of employees,”...

Acclaimed translator Kayoko Ikeda supports protest against Henoko landfill

Acclaimed translator Kayoko Ikeda supports protest against Henoko landfill

February 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 26, Kayoko Ikeda, who is a well-known translator of various kinds of texts including German literature, visited Camp Schwab gate in the Henoko district of Nago. Her translation works include Night and Fog, Sophie’s World, and If the...

Naha airport International cargo shipments amounts to over 180,000 tons

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the statistics by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, international cargo shipments to and from Naha airport in 2014 amounted to 185,087 tons – double the amount in 2008. The figure is twice that of 2008, when All Nippon...

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

US military carries out Osprey training at new helipad in Takae for the first time

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military plans to build military helipads as a condition of the partial return of its Northern Training Area. At a newly built helipad in the N4 area on February 24, local citizens confirmed the U.S. military had carried out MV-22 Osprey aircraft training....

Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

Big catch flags waving on Lunar New Year in Itoman

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 19, which is the Lunar New Year, the fishing village of Itoman was surrounded by a vibrant scene. Many fishing ships hoisted colorful flags praying for good catch and safety. Worshippers, who have wooden boxes, containing food offerings to gods, visited...

Increase in foreign tourists visiting Okinawa leads to shortage in hotel rooms

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Okinawa rapidly increased during observation of the Lunar New Year which began on February 18. The shortage of hotel rooms in Okinawa has been due to overlapping events such as professional baseball spring training...