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Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki’s Unke

Angama celebrates return of ancestral spirits on Ishigaki's Unke

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, the first day of Okinawa’s Obon, called Unke in Ishigaki City, a traditional Yaeyama ceremony, Angama, was held throughout the community. Messengers from Guso (afterlife), Ushumai (an old man) and Nmii (an old woman) brought Fama (descendants) wearing Hanagasa (a flower hat) and visited households. They offered songs and dance to ancestors and entertained the audience by answering questions. Angama is a celebration of the return of ancestral...

 

Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

Hiroji Yamashiro says opposition movement will not lose the fight for Henoko

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hiroji Yamashiro, a leading figure in the opposition movement continuing in front of Camp Schwab, Henoko, against construction of the new base, and chairman of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, was released from hospital on the 26th of this month. He has been...

NGO network formed to protect Henoko and Takae

NGO network formed to protect Henoko and Takae

August 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 26, fourteen NGOs and citizens’ groups established the “Protect Henoko and Takae! NGO Network.” Among the groups participating in the network were FoE Japan, Greenpeace Japan, Ramsar Network Japan, Peace Boat, and other groups and organizations...

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa hits July record as Chinese nationals flock here

August 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa in July increased 9.2 percent from the same month in 2014 to a record 714,000 visitors, according to data released by the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports on August 20. It was the first time the number of tourist...

Typhoon Goni causes damages of 780 million yen to agriculture, fisheries in Okinawa

Typhoon Goni causes damages of 780 million yen to agriculture, fisheries in Okinawa

August 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to a quick estimation announced by the Okinawa Prefectural Government on August 25, the amount of damage to agriculture, forestry and fisheries caused by Typhoon Goni reached a total of 781,640,000 yen.

Yaeyama islands, where the typhoon registered...

Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

Johan Galtung, ‘the father of peace studies’, says prime minister misused the term “proactive peace”

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 22, Johan Galtung, world-renowned as ‘the father of peace studies’, came to Okinawa to speak at a symposium at Urasoe’s Tedako Hall, hosted by the Ryukyu Shimpo and New Diplomacy Initiative, titled, “70 Years After World War II, Galtung Speaks...

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

Children from different countries interact in Okinawa

August 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An event aimed at promoting interaction between children of different countries through nature experiences was held over five nights and six days from August 17 in the Ada district of Kunigami. On August 20, sports events were held at Ada Elementary School in the...

Overseas intellectuals publish statement urging Governor Onaga to revoke his predecessor’s approval of Henoko landfill

August 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington D.C.

Seventy-four prominent intellectuals from the United States, Australia and other countries published a joint statement urging Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to cancel his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval...

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe’s controversial security bills

Religious parties unite to oppose Abe's controversial security bills

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 19, Christians, Buddhists, Kaminchu or Okinawan shaman and other religious people in Okinawa announced a joint statement against new security laws. “The Joint Objection Statement against Security-Related Laws” has been supported by three hundred...

Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative leaders protest U.S. military helicopter crash

Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries Cooperative leaders protest U.S. military helicopter crash

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, a U.S. Army Special Operations MH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a U.S. Navy cargo vessel off the shore of Uruma City. In response, on August18, the presidents of 36 regional fisheries cooperatives making up the Okinawa Prefectural Fisheries...

Container cargo handled at Naha Port reaches record high of 3.92 million tons

Container cargo handled at Naha Port reaches record high of 3.92 million tons

August 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to a preliminary estimate from the 2014 Naha Port Statistics compiled by the Naha Port Administration Management Union and released on August 19, container cargo handled at Naha Port has reached a record high of 3.927 million tons, up 3.4 percent from...