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Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 21, a symposium titled “Questioning this nation from Okinawa–peace, the Constitution, and democracy” (sponsored by the Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace, co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo) for investigating the nature of peace was held at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Naha. At the symposium, speakers discussed the opposition of many Okinawans to the new base construction in Henoko, Nago in conjunction with the relocation...

 

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

November 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization (co-represented by Masako Kameya, Takeshi Tamaki, Shisei Toma, and Yasukatsu Matsushima) was launched November 23 to demand the return of remains that had been excavated from graves in Okinawa and Amami by anthropologists for...

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

November 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kubota, Okinawa City— On November 22, the Plaza House Shopping Center unveiled its newest additions: Roger’s Food Market, a food hall which features quality delicacies from around the world, and the Cinema Plaza House 1954, a mini-theater.

Plaza House...

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

November 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

William Elder, 92, who was sent as a missionary to the Okinawa Church of Christ by the United Church of Christ Japan from 1966-1969, prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, traveled to Okinawa from Osaka November 20 for a reunion with Pastor Osamu Taira, 87,...

Get out of your comfort zone – Taiwanese koshien player wins English speech contest

Get out of your comfort zone - Taiwanese <em>koshien</em> player wins English speech contest

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, high-school sophomore student Po-Han Chang won first place in division 1 (non-bilingual division) of the 29th Kyushu Regional English Speech Contest held in Fukuoka. Dreaming of playing in Japan’s national high-school baseball championship known...

Don’t miss this Christmas tree made of Ryukyu textiles this holiday season

Don’t miss this Christmas tree made of Ryukyu textiles this holiday season

November 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Bingata Preservation and Expansion Consortium (RBPC), a group working to spread and preserve traditional Ryukyu textiles is teaming with Okicom, a software developer, to install a Christmas tree at Naha Airport.

The tree will feature eight of Okinawa’s...

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

November 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Nakamura

During U.S. rule of Okinawa in 1958, there were many Uchinanchu who went to Thursday Island in northern Australia with dreams of getting rich pearl diving.

Senshu Arakawa, 86, from Kenken, Motobu was one of them. The reality of a...

Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, where 27-thousand-year-old human remains were found, to be designated a national Historic Site

Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, where 27-thousand-year-old human remains were found, to be designated a national Historic Site

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

On November 15, the national government’s Council for Cultural Affairs issued a report to Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda indicating that the Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, located in Ishigaki City, is to be newly designated as a National...

Cocco explains the reason she continues to sing, talks about the song “2・24” from her new album

Cocco explains the reason she continues to sing, talks about the song “2・24” from her new album

November 8, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cocco, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut in 2017, released her 10th studio album, StarShank, in October (3,000 yen before tax, Victor Entertainment).

Released three years after the release of her previous album, Adan Ballet, Cocco once again...

Elementary school pupils plant trees for later use as lumber to rebuild Shuri Castle

Elementary school pupils plant trees for later use as lumber to rebuild Shuri Castle

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 14 a council for cultivating trees for use in the restoration of wooden buildings starting with Shuri Castle, the Tree-Cultivating Council for Shuri Castle (chaired by Kanko Teruya), tended to yew plum pine and fukugi trees in the national forest...

Okinawan sixth-grader places third in US film festival

Okinawan sixth-grader places third in US film festival

November 15, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The awards ceremony for Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival 2019 was held on November 6 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, followed by a screening of the winning films.

The film festival is organized by the Peacemaker Corps Association...