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Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

Okinawa gubernatorial race starts with four candidates

October 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 12th Okinawa gubernatorial election started on October 30. Four candidates, including former State Minister in Charge of Postal Services Privatization Mikio Shimoji, 53, former Upper House member Shokichi Kina, 66, former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, 64, and incumbent Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, 75, are running. All of them have announced their candidacies as independent.

Their policies are clearly different on the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma...

 

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

1,000 martial artists demonstrate their karate routines

October 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Commemorating Karate Day, the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a martial arts demonstration on October 26 at a plaza near Kokusai Street, Naha. About 1000 martial artists from four organizations,...

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

Giant moray caught near Ie Island

October 22, 2014 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 18, Matsuo Tamaki and Koki Kinjo caught a 1.65-meter and 16-kilogram giant moray near Ie Island. They were surprised to see it when they pulled it out of water. On that day, they were aiming to catch red-spotted rockcod,...

Symposium aiming to add Okinawa Karate to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

Symposium aiming to add Okinawa Karate to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list

October 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

October 25 is designated as “Karate Day” by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG). The OPG, Prefectural Assembly and the Okinawa Dento Karatedo Shinkokai held a symposium in Naha City for the occasion. About 170 people took part in the symposium. The...

Okinawa Board of Education urges Defense Bureau to cooperate with Nago Board of Education for cultural artefacts

Okinawa Board of Education urges Defense Bureau to cooperate with Nago Board of Education for cultural artefacts

October 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
The Okinawa Prefectural Board of Education has recommended that the Okinawa Defense Bureau consult the Nago City Board of Education with regards to the conduct of the preliminary investigation and handling of five pieces of cultural artefacts found inside...

Three elderly women selected for the fifth Beauty and Longevity Award in Okinawa

Three elderly women selected for the fifth Beauty and Longevity Award in Okinawa

October 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The sixth Kitanakagusuku Welfare Festival was held at Kitanakagusuku Village Comprehensive Social Welfare Center on October 25. Out of 600 applicants, 80-year-old Asae Mekaru, 87-year-old Tomiko Higa and 83-year-old Natsuko Yonamine won the fifth Beauty and Longevity...

Toxic dioxin found inside barrels unearthed at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City

October 27, 2014 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

Out of 61 barrels unearthed at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City, 18 of them contained fouling material with a concentration of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD) at 50 percent. This level of toxicity in...

Aircraft part falls from a Kadena F-15 for the fourth time this year

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

During flight training on October 14, an F-15 fighter jet belonging to U.S. Air Force Kadena Base lost one of the engine parts, weighing 399 grams and 12.7 cm x 30.48 cm in diameter . According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), it is not yet known...

Buddhist monks and U.S.veterans take part in protest march against the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko and helipads in Takae

Buddhist monks and U.S.veterans take part in protest march against the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko and helipads in Takae

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20 in front of the Naha City Office, about 20 people, including Buddhist monks of Nipponzan Myohonji and former U.S. military servicemen, held a departing ceremony for the “2014 Okinawa Peace Memorial March”. The march around the island is an...

Okinawan Keiko Tsuji crowned Miss Japan, aiming for Miss Universe

Okinawan Keiko Tsuji crowned Miss Japan, aiming for Miss Universe

October 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-one-year-old student Keiko Tsuji, who is from Nago and was chosen to represent Japan at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office on October 23. Tsuji expressed her goals for the contest which will be held in Miami, Florida next January....

Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

Record 658,700 tourists visit Okinawa in September

October 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced a new monthly record for tourist visitation numbers in Okinawa. A total of 658,700 people visited Okinawa in September. This is the 24th consecutive month in which the previous year’s figures...