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Third generation Okinawan American Ige become new Hawaii Governor

Third generation Okinawan American Ige become new Hawaii Governor

November 6, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Democrat David Ige defeated Republican James Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in Hawaii’s gubernatorial race on November 4.

Ige, an electrical engineer and state senator, is third generation Okinawan American. This is the first time that an Okinawan American has become the U.S. governor. Ige will take over office in January 2015.

Ige’s grandparents were from Nishihara Town. Ige became a state representative...

 

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

Symposium held for fifth anniversary of International Logistics Hub

October 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, the Okinawa Prefecture Government organized a symposium in Naha commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Okinawa International Logistics Hub.

Operations began at the All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) Cargo Hub at Naha Airport in October 2009....

Ramsar secretariat demands environment ministry preserve sea of Henoko

November 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 29, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat submitted a document to the Ministry of the Environment stating that the government should take action based on the environmental impact assessment for the Oura Bay and offshore Henoko, Nago. This area is the site...

Documentary film The Target Village screened in the United States

Documentary film <em>The Target Village</em> screened in the United States

October 28, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from New Jersey

On October 26, at Fort Lee Public Library in New Jersey, the United States, a documentary film titled The Target Village directed by Chie Mikami and produced by QAB (Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting) was screened....

Huge marine algae community in Oura Bay

Huge marine algae community in Oura Bay

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A huge marine algae community up to 7.4 meters tall was found in coral reefs in the reclamation area of Oura Bay in Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to build a new base in the area to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

A diving team...

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ocean Expo Park Management Center announced that Fuji, the female bottlenose dolphin which was fitted with an artificial tail fin, died November 1 of infectious hepatitis.

Fuji was estimated to be around 45 years old. She was the second...

Ryukyu Dynasty’s procession at Kokusai Street

Ryukyu Dynasty's procession at Kokusai Street

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll procession was held at Kokusai Street in Naha. About 800 people who dressed in the clothes of King and Queen, vassals and Chinese envoys called Sapposhi during the Ryukyu Kingdom, marched, reviving a magnificent...

Ospreys drive Okinawa woodpeckers from Takae; watchers warn

Ospreys drive Okinawa woodpeckers from Takae; watchers warn

October 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, at Takae Elementary and Junior High School in Higashi, a dead Okinawa woodpecker or Noguchigera designated as a special national treasure was found. This bird presumably bumped into a window and died. Four dead Okinawa woodpeckers, including...

Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

Eleven Okinawan universities establish a consortium for human resource development

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven higher education institutions in Okinawa, including public and private colleges and universities, the Okinawa National College of Technology, and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) established a coalition organization “University...

Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society suggests Okinawa include Ryukyuan languages class in education at schools

October 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyuan Heritage Language Society held the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium this September. On October 24, the society wrote up a declaration for the symposium. The organization suggested that Okinawa should adopt Ryukyuan languages or Shimakutuba...

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

October 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 12th Okinawa gubernatorial election started on October 30. Four candidates, including former State Minister in Charge of Postal Services Privatization Mikio Shimoji, 53, former Upper House member Shokichi Kina, 66, former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, 64, and...