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Oldest Iriomote wildcat dies aged 15 years one month

Oldest Iriomote wildcat dies aged 15 years one month

April 12, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo.

Taketomi on Iriomote Island: “Yon,” a male Iriomote wildcat raised for about 14 years and eight months in the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center run by the Ministry of the Environment, died at 1:59pm on April 9. His estimated age of 15 years and one month is the longest confirmed age for his species. He led a full life, the equivalent of over 100 years of age for a human.

Yon was found after being hit by a car on the prefectural road...

 

Exciting event for fishing fans

Exciting event for fishing fans

April 12, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2011 Fishing Trade Show was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City in Okinawa on April 9 and 10, with 72 companies related to fishing and boat manufacturing participating from Okinawa and further afield. Many fishing fans came to get a chance...

MCAS Futenma Relocation Issue

MCAS Futenma Relocation Issue

Fifteen years on since the Futenma agreement between US and Japan – “Level of risk to residents unchanged.”
April 12, 2011 by Teppei Ikeda, Ryukyu Shimpo.

Ginowan City – 15 years have passed since Japan and the United States agreed that the Marine Corps...

Cornerstone of Peace Memorial: Seimei Festival to pray for war dead

Cornerstone of Peace Memorial: Seimei Festival to pray for war dead

April 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, during the Seimei Festival, in which Okinawan people hold a memorial service for their ancestors, the fourth Cornerstone of Peace Memorial Seimei Festival for the souls of war dead whose names are engraved on the marble tablets at Mabuni was held at...

Okinawa AMICUS International School opens

Okinawa AMICUS International School opens

April 7, 2010 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa AMICUS International School (AMICUS) was opened in Enobi, Uruma-City, Okinawa on April 7.

AMICUS will accept children of researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), which is scheduled to open in the 2012 academic year....

Japan Earthquake Long journey to recover from such a devastating catastrophe

Japan Earthquake Long journey to recover from such a devastating catastrophe

April 4, 2011, by Hideki Matsudo, staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Miyagi Prefecture

The catastrophe in northeastern Japan has inflicted the worst damage on the country since the end of World War II. Now scarred by the earthquake and tsunami, Miyagi Prefecture is home to many people from Okinawa....

“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant

“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant

April 6 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo.

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl attending Kamimori Junior High School in Urasoe City in Okinawa, is afflicted with restrictive cardiomyopathy, for which the only treatment is a heart transplant. After arriving in the United States at around 1:15 am Japanese time...

Review of school textbooks – greater transparency needed

April 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has announced the results of screening of junior high school history textbooks to be used from the 2012 academic year. However, doubts remain as to whether the content adequately covers the...

Junior High School art textbook introduces the work of Yuken Teruya

Junior High School art textbook introduces the work of Yuken Teruya

March 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Publishing company Nihon Bunkyo Shuppan has introduced “Color The World,” an artwork by Yuken Teruya, in a junior high school art textbook.

Originally from Haebaru, Okinawa, Yuken Teruya now resides in New York City.

His artwork “Color The World”...

2012 Textbooks: All seven refer to “group suicide”

March 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the screening results for junior high school textbooks to be used from the 2012 academic year.

With regard to the description of the battle of Okinawa in history textbooks,...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

March 31, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

According to Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Miyagi Prefecture, false rumors are being spread through the areas stricken by Great East Japan Earthquake. The rumors are to the effect that, “Chinese are stealing relief supplies,” “Sex crimes are occurring...