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Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An exhibition about Okinawan overseas emigration began at Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama on March 1. The display is showing until May 11. With 118 items, it tells the story of the Okinawan people who emigrated to South American countries and Hawaii and worked hard there while keeping their relationship with home.

This is the first time the museum has held an exhibition focusing on emigration from one of the Japanese prefectures.

The...

 

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

US Air Force F-15 makes emergency landing at Kadena Air Base

March 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 10:34 a.m. March 4, an F-15C assigned to Kadena Air Base made an emergency landing at the base. The windshield of the cockpit had come off the aircraft. It is not known why the windshield fell away during flight training. The aircraft took off from the...

Symposium commemorating the designation of the Kerama Islands as a national park

Symposium commemorating the designation of the Kerama Islands as a national park

February 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating this week’s designation of Kerama Islands as a national park, a symposium was held at Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki district of Naha on February 27. A keynote lecture and panel discussion focused on co-ordinating the effort to promote Kerama...

Okinawa has the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan

Okinawa has the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan

February 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa has had the highest rate of accidents causing injury or death involving drunk drivers in Japan for 24 consecutive years.

The Okinawa Prefectural Police announced the statistics on February 27.
The figures showed Okinawa has the highest number...

Kadena Air Base: White smoke from Osprey aircraft after landing

Kadena Air Base: White smoke from Osprey aircraft after landing

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 12:30 p.m. March 2, white smoke rose from the right engine of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft after it landed at Kadena Air Base. This vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft belongs to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. A witness speculated that...

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

Whale swims with dolphins in sea off Ishigaki Island

February 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, a humpback whale swam with dozens of dolphins in the sea off the western area of Ishigaki Island. Diving shop Ohana owner Yuki Fujii took photographs of them.

According to Fujii, about 10-meter long whale swam slowly and comfortably beside...

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrates its 40th anniversary

February 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jitchaku Lion Dance Preservation Society celebrated its 40th anniversary at a community center in Urasoe City on February 23. This shishi-mai lion dance marked the 40th anniversary of it being designated as a National Important Intangible Folk-Cultural...

Hong Kong Airlines to increase flights between Naha and Hong Kong

February 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hong Kong Airlines will increase its round-trip flights from Hong Kong to Naha from mid-March. It will operate two round-trip flights a day. The company is aiming to expand its business by attracting tourists not only from Hong Kong but also from China and Southeast...

Okinawa Hands-On NPO awarded Grand Prix for child-support program

Okinawa Hands-On NPO awarded Grand Prix for child-support program

February 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Hands-On NPO has won the Grand Prix and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award of the 7th Child-Support Program for the future sponsored by the Sumitomo Life Insurance Company. This Okinawa City-based NPO works to convey...

Number of tourists to Okinawa reaches new high in January 2014

February 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in January 2014. The number was 495,100, a new monthly record. This represents a 15.2 percent increase over the same period the previous year. The number of...

Vibe Inc. to co-develop electric-propulsion ship for use in Ishigaki Island

Vibe Inc. to co-develop electric-propulsion ship for use in Ishigaki Island

February 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, Vibe Inc., an affiliate company of Bandai Namco Holdings, announced that it will co-develop an electric-propulsion ship with Kuniken Ltd., and the Shin-Itoman Ship Yard Co. The companies plan to complete building the ship this October. They aim...