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Okinawan among artists to win Oscar for animated film Frozen

Okinawan among artists to win Oscar for animated film Frozen

March 5, 2014 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Los Angeles resident and CGI(Computer-Generated Image) artist Hiroki Itokazu,from Kumejima, participated in creating Disney’s animated film Frozen. The film won the Academy Award for the best animated feature film at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2.

Along with fellow artists who created the film, Itokazu grabbed an Oscar statue. He said, “If you work towards your dream, your dream will come true.”

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Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

Okinawan High School students discuss peace in different cultures

March 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first Children Peace Conference was held in Okinawa Shogaku High School in Naha on March 8. About 60 students discussed understanding different cultures and promoting mutual peace.

The participants focused on problems with Turkish immigration in Germany...

Itoman tug-of-war wins grand prix in 18th Furusato Award

Itoman tug-of-war wins grand prix in 18th Furusato Award

March 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Itoman Ozunahiki (tug-of-war) has won the grand prix of the 18th Furusato Award presented by the Japan Center for Regional Development. This is the first time that an event in Okinawa has been selected as the grand prix winner for the Furusato Award. The award selection...

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

U.S. Marine helicopter fails in landing on U.S.S. Denver

March 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At night on March 5, an AH-1W helicopter, which belongs to the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, failed in its landing on the deck of U.S.S. Denver during training off the east coast of Okinawa’s main island. The right skid of the helicopter collapsed. In...

Okinawa agrees on venture exchange with Taiwanese IT organization

Okinawa agrees on venture exchange with Taiwanese IT organization

February 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, the Okinawa Industrial Promotion Public Corporation entered into a partnership...

Carpet of pink cosmos waves in wind in Nago

Carpet of pink cosmos waves in wind in Nago

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fully bloomed pink cosmoses fill about 6.6 hectares of rice paddies in Kawakami, Nago. It is the season to enjoy blooming cosmoses. The area is called “Haneji Tabukkwa,” which means rich paddies. The local volunteer group in the community has started...

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll’s Festival

People in traditional Ryukyuan costume parade for Doll's Festival

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the Doll’s Festival, people dressed in traditional Ryukyuan costume walked through the streets in a michijune parade in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on March 1.

One hundred people dressed in bright costumes paraded down the...

U.S. Congressional report warns against heavy-handed action by Tokyo or Washington on the Henoko landfill

February 27, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro reports from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Congressional Research Service released a report entitled “Japan-U.S. Relations: Issues for Congress” on February 20. It praised Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of the Henoko landfill because...

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The groundbreaking ceremony of the second runway construction project of Naha Airport was held in a hotel in Naha on March 1. Currently, Naha Airport has a single runway, which is overcrowded with many arrivals and departures. The Okinawa Prefectural Government and...

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Owarai Futenma Gekijo, or Comedy Futenma Theater was held at Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan.

Popular Okinawan comedians performed on the stage, incorporating ideas from the audience about how to use the land returned from the...

Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

Exhibition for history of Okinawan overseas emigration held in Yokohama

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An exhibition about Okinawan overseas emigration began at Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama on March 1. The display is showing until May 11. With 118 items, it tells the story of the Okinawan people who emigrated to South American countries and Hawaii...