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South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

South American students of Okinawan descent take part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War

August 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two South American students of Okinawan descent, whose roots are in Yonabaru Town, took part in the Yonabaru Great Tug-of-War at the Udun-yama Youth Square in Yonabaru Town on July 27.

Sebastian Pablo Uehara who is from Argentina, took part as shitaku, a person dressed in costume who stands on the rope. This year he was dressed as Takaraderauzashi in kumiodori play Manzaitechiuchi.

Caren Chiemi Uehara Gushiken took part in the...

 

The World Youth Uchinanchu Festival held in Germany

The World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival held in Germany

July 31 2014 Ryukyu SHimpo

Under the theme of “Plant Okinawan seeds in Europe,” the third World Youth Uchinanchu Festival Germany 2014 was held in Dusseldorf from July 30 to August 1. Young people of Okinawan descent took part from all around the world. The event drew 38...

OIST founds its first venture company

OIST founds its first venture company

July 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), based in Onna, has founded its first venture company Okinawa Protein Tomography Ltd. (Okinawa PT). The company headed by CEO Akira Kamei was founded on June 25. It commenced business at the start of August....

Okinawa dugong plaintiffs file new action in US court to stop construction of air base in Henoko

August 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Environmental groups in Japan and the United States and the plaintiffs of the Okinawa dugong lawsuit filed a new action with the San Francisco Federal District Court on July 3. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of the United States requires the government...

94 year-old Yamashiro from Ie is still an active farmer

94 year-old Yamashiro from Ie is still an active farmer

July 31, 2014 Yukito Kinjo Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On a severely hot day at a field in Nishieue, Ie Village, an elderly person works silently to plant shima rakkyo. Yoshio Yamashiro from Nishieue is 94 years old, born in 1920. He has weak hearing, but he is robust with a...

Okinawa airline companies to increase the number of flights between Singapore and Naha

July 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa airline companies will work on increasing flights between Singapore and Naha.

Junbo Tours and Okinawa Tourist plan to carry out eight flight tours between Okinawa and Singapore from September to December. The number is an annual record on the route....

Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo aims to be first medical tourist facility

July 24, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Medical corporation Tapic Group plans to change its Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo to medical tourist facility. They will build an annex to house a new rehabilitation facility and clinic on hotel property. It will open in April 2017.

The hotel annex...

Large hydrothermal deposit found off coast of Iheya Island

Large hydrothermal deposit found off coast of Iheya Island

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced on July 26 that there is possibly presence of a hydrothermal deposit under the sea off the coast of Iheya Island. JAMSTEC speculates that this hydrothermal deposit is the largest one of...

Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese company Kaiyodo which is known for figurines and garage kits worldwide, held a figure exhibit at the special hall on the third floor of Tomarin (Tomari Port Terminal) in Naha.

Organizers displayed over 4,000 figures created by the company. The exhibit...

Three candidates to run in the gubernatorial election

Three candidates to run in the gubernatorial election

July 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 23, Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga stated that he would announce during a regular session of the city council slated to be held on September 8 that he will run in the gubernatorial election. The election is to be held on November 16. He will make his declaration...

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The mayors of all municipalities in Okinawa visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence to give him a petition requesting the U.S. and Japanese governments abandon the plan to relocate the facilities at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within...