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Final encore for rock band The BOOM

Final encore for rock band The BOOM

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

World-famous Japanese rock band The BOOM will end its career this December. The band is famous for globally popular song,”Shimauta.”

The band’s recording company announced the news on March 30.
The vocalist Kazufumi Miyazawa remarked, “All four members did what they wanted to do.” The members are continuing their own individual projects, including one that Miayazawa works on in Yomitan Village.

The four musicians...

 

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co. in Yomitan Village has received the halal certification for its Beniimo tart. This is the first halal-certification for the confectionary industry, and the second for the entire food industry – the first company was Yaeyama Shokusan...

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan’s national exam

Filipino nurse candidate is first-ever in Okinawa to pass Japan's national exam

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 25,Bulilan Gian Carlo Tortugo, who is from the Philippines and has been attending a training course at Arakaki Hospital in Ageda, Okinawa City, passed the Japanese national nursing exam. She was one of the foreign-nurse candidates accepted into the Okinawa...

Okinawa International Movie Festival fills audience with smiles and thrills

Okinawa International Movie Festival fills audience with smiles and thrills

March 25, 2014 Takahiro Miyagi and Naoki Isa of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The 6th Okinawa International Movie Festival 2014 was held from March 20 to 24 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City. The red carpet event was first held in Naha City. The organizer has since expanded the locations...

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

Kangaroo Yayoi turns one

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum held the first birthday party of kangaroo Yayoi on March 30.
Many parents and children took part and presented a cake made of Yayoi’s favorite vegetables and fruits.

According to a member of the breeding staff Akari...

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

March 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new cruise ship terminal building was completed at Okinawa’s hub of customs immigration and quarantine in Naha. On March 28, about 110 people from the Japanese and Okinawa Prefectural governments and tourism industries attended the inauguration at Wakasa...

JTA to introduce 12 Boeing 737-800s

JTA to introduce 12 Boeing 737-800s

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 27, Okinawa-based Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced to introduce 12 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to enter into service from 2016. It costs around 110 billion yen at full retail price. The company will introduce the first aircraft...

ANA’s jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

ANA's jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Boeing 747-400 – commonly known as “Jumbo-Jet” of All Nippon Airways (ANA) made its final flight on the morning of March 31. The retirement ceremony for the aircraft was held at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal. The final flight, onto which 565...

Asbestos victim’s lawsuit: government to pay 18.75 million yen to family of Okinawan worker on U.S. military base

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government and the bereaved family of an Okinawan man who worked at the U.S. base and died of asbestos exposure agreed to a settlement proposed by the Naha District Court on March 27. The government will pay 18.75 million yen to the family of the victim. The...

Ginowan City Assembly unanimously resolves to protest against continuing troubles and accidents involving U.S.military aircraft

March 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the regular meeting held on March 27, the Ginowan City Assembly unanimously passed a resolution and written opinion. They protested against continuing troubles and accidents involving the U.S. military aircraft. An MV-22 Osprey made an emergency landing at Kadena...

Okinawan flower lovers taking care of endangered “mustard-like” flower

Okinawan flower lovers taking care of endangered

March 27 2014 Mitsuo Kouchi, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Flower lovers in Nago City have been taking care of Kalanchoe integra. A Japanese endangered species list, the “Red Data Book”, designates the flower as an endangered species.

The flower has one-centimeter-long yellow flower...