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Shipments of Awamori slide for 10th consecutive year

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, The Okinawa Regional Taxation Office released taxation figures on alcoholic beverages shipped by breweries in Okinawa Prefecture during fiscal 2014. Shipments of all alcoholic beverages declined 4.0% over the year to 71,258 kiloliters, generating 10.53 billion yen in tax, also down 4.0 percent, it said.

Shipments of and tax collected from Awamori declined for the 10th consecutive year, while those figures for beer saw a slight increase. Awamori’s...

 

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June prefectural assembly session: Governor Onaga describes the “Soul of Okinawa”

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, at the ongoing regular June session of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, Governor Takeshi Onaga described the soul of Okinawa as “living with pride, honoring the hard work and struggles of our ancestors, and wishing that our children and grandchildren...

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki to build facility for children in Kumejima

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Internationally acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki is planning to build a community facility for children in Zenda Forest Park of Kumejima. Miyazaki will invest 300 million yen into construction of the facility as a donation to the town. Kumejima Town will provide...

Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times issue joint protest statement over Hyakuta remarks

June 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Novelist Naoki Hyakuta’s claim that the two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down is an example of suppression of free speech; media will only be allowed to report on what meets the intentions of the administration. These are absurd remarks that deny the...

Novelist Hyakuta attacks Okinawan media at LDP’s meeting; “The two newspapers of Okinawa should be shut down.”

June 26, 2015 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo and Kyodo News

About 40 young Liberal-Democratic Party lawmakers close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a study session to promote revising the Constitution on June 25 at the party headquarters.

A lawmaker who took part in the meeting...

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

Children from Shuri enjoy Zimbabwean music performance

June 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 16, Social welfare corporation Network Sousei hosted a concert with Zimbabwean music group JENAGURU performing at Shuri Community Hall in Shuri, Naha. Zimbabwe is located in the Southern part of Africa, and the JENAGURU performs traditional music from that...

Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker’s peace message unveiled at Meio University

Plaque bearing Mr Weizsäcker's peace message unveiled at Meio University

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Meio University has set up a commemorative plaque honoring late Richard von Weizsäcker’s peace message beside a Hikanzakura cherry tree he previously planted at the campus in Nago.

Weizsäcker, the first President of Germany after unification, was...

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

Governor Onaga’s Peace Declaration (Full Text)

June 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

June 23 has come for the 70th time.

One of the most ferocious land battles in history occurred in our homeland of Okinawa. More than 200,000 precious lives were sacrificed. We will never be able to forget the sadness of losing our loved ones; our family and...

People renew their commitment to create peace on 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa

People renew their commitment to create peace on 70th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa

June 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Day ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa at the Peace Memorial Park at Mabuni in Itoman. During the Battle of Okinawa, more than 200,000 people...

Naha becomes second city to declare support for LGBTs

June 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Naha will become the second administrative region in Japan to declare support for sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, following Yodogawa District in Osaka. Naha city will make a “City LGBT Support Declaration” on July 19. With the declaration, Naha...

Okinawa Governor Onaga’s speech planned at UN

June 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shima Gurumi Association plans to arrange for Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga to deliver a speech at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism(IMADR). The speech would be aimed at preventing...