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Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

Emperor and Empress enjoy Okinawa karate demonstration on their last official visit to Okinawa

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 29, the Emperor and Empress concluded their supposedly last official visit to Okinawa and flew back to Tokyo from Naha Airport with their special plane.

On the final day, they visited the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku City.

Besides viewing Okinawa karate, the Emperor and Empress also learned about the history of Okinawa karate via display panels.

 

Four holders of Intangible Cultural...

 

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

Tokashiki Village holds memorial service for mass suicide victims

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 28 at Shiratama no To, Tokashiki Village hosted a memorial service for those who died in the “collective suicide” (compulsory mass suicide) 73 years prior on March 28, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

Civilian aircraft not permitted in Iejima training airspace despite 1985 U.S.-Japan agreement

 

March 30, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

A 1985 agreement between the U.S. and Japanese governments gives civilian aircraft permission to enter U.S. military training airspace around Iejima at an altitude above 5000 feet (1524 meters). However on March 29 this year, the Marine...

CV-22 Osprey set to deploy at Yokota Air Base also being used for night training in Okinawa, has a higher accident rate than the MV-22

 

March 29, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – The U.S. military announced that the CV-22 Osprey scheduled to deploy...

Information wanted for a discovered pen case with name “Masao Uema”

Information wanted for a discovered pen case with name “Masao Uema”

 

March 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Seventy-nine year-old Isamu Kuniyoshi, who has collected remains from the victims of Battle of Okinawa for the past sixty years until he retired from collecting in March 2016, found a black pen case with the name “Masao Uema” inscribed.

The...

U.S. training airspace around Okinawa expanded under guise of temporary use, impeding civil aviation

U.S. training airspace around Okinawa expanded under guise of temporary use, impeding civil aviation

 

March 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

By Ryota Shimabukuro and Ryota Nakamura

 

Over the past two years U.S. military training airspace around Okinawa has greatly expanded, restricting the navigation of civilian aircraft.

The U.S. military added...

Protesters demand a reversal of peace-leader Hiroji Yamashiro’s sentence at demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.D.

Protesters demand a reversal of peace-leader Hiroji Yamashiro’s sentence at demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.D.

 

March 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha

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Public symposium held to discuss Ryukyuan remains kept by Kyoto University

Public symposium held to discuss Ryukyuan remains kept by Kyoto University

 

March 22, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On March 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum in Naha City, the Japanese Society for Oceanic Studies held a public symposium.

 

Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima of Ryukoku University reported that many human remains were...

Ginoza trainees report back on their cultural exchange findings

Ginoza trainees report back on their cultural exchange findings

 

March 11, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 15, the 2017 World Ginozanchu Exchange Program Presentation was held at the Ginoza Village Public Hall where approximately 80 people gathered. Hibiki Yasutomi, 27, and Lania Shinzato Hinako, 22, who traveled...

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

Nakagusuku and Kitanagusuku residents’ group asks local sanitation association to refuse U.S. military waste collection

 

March 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

 

On March 16, a group of Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku Village residents who oppose collecting waste from the U.S. bases visited the Aobaen waste processing facility operated by Nakagusuku Village and Kitanakagusuku...

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

Queen at Sea stops by at Naha port for the third year in a row

March 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Queen Elisabeth, an around-the-world cruise, anchored at the Wakasa port in Naha port the morning of March 13.

The cruise weighs 90,900 tons and accommodates 2,091 passengers. This is the third year in a row the cruise ship has visited the...