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Model designed for the redevelopment of land occupied by Futenma Air Station

Model designed for the redevelopment of land occupied by Futenma Air Station

May 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large-scale model made in 1995 by students of Futenma High School to reflect what the redevelopment of land currently used by the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma might look like, has been on displayed in the library of Motobu High School since May 10.

The students of Motobu High School partially restored the model. The school’s principal, Yoshinori Higa, who came up with idea of the model during his time teaching at Futenma High School, had been...

 

Ishigaki Island to erect a monument to Taiwanese immigrants

Ishigaki Island to erect a monument to Taiwanese immigrants

May 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been decided that a monument to the Taiwanese farmers who emigrated to Ishigaki island in the prewar period and introduced agricultural know-how by bringing a water buffalo and pineapples to the island, will be set up in the car park of Nagura Dam in Ishigaki....

1000 people perform in the annual music festival on Hatoma Island

1000 people perform in the annual music festival on Hatoma Island

May 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 3, the 15th Hatoma Island Music Festival was held in the plaza in front of the community center on Hatoma Island. About 1000 people from all over Japan visited the island that normally has a population of just 63 people.

In addition to famous musicians,...

Large manbika fish served in Kitanakagusuku school lunches

Large <em>manbika</em> fish served in Kitanakagusuku school lunches

May 18, 2012 Yukito Toyama of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, Children’s Day, the Kitanakagusuku Elementary School served grilled common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) or manbika in Uchinaguchi in school lunches, cooking the fish in its original shape in the likeness of...

Anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro refuses to provide his land for U.S. military use

Anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro refuses to provide his land for U.S. military use

May 15, 2012 Kenta Masuda and Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Farmer and anti-war landowner Zenyu Shimabukuro, who owns land inside Kadena Air Base and Camp Shields, continues to refuse to provide that land for military use. He says, “A radish and a bomb may have a similar shape, but...

Uruma resident feeds blue rock thrush by hand

Uruma resident feeds blue rock thrush by hand

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A family of blue rock thrush make an appearance picking food from a man’s hand in Midorimachi, Uruma.
Seiki Agena has been feeding them breadcrumbs from the middle of April. From this month they have come with their four little ones, and have started to take...

Goat-fighting or pijaorasai held on Sesoko Island

Goat-fighting or <em>pijaorasai</em> held on Sesoko Island

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4, at the Nakata Shokai in Sesoko, Motobu, the annual goat-fighting, or pijaorasai event was held. Goats from Sesoko Island and Katsuyama in Nago took part in 16 bouts. Surrounded by the smell of goat soup, they smashed their horns against each other...

A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that “the people on Okinawa do not want.”

A former senior official of the U.S. Government recommends reviewing bases that

May 13, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 11, in Washington D.C., former U.S. Government senior official Morton Halperin, who in the past was responsible for negotiating with the Japanese Government on matters relating to the reversion of Okinawa to...

U.S. Senate panel rejects budget for transferring Marines stationed in Okinawa to Guam

May 17, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On May 15, the Subcommittee on Military Construction within the Appropriations Committee, which is chaired by Daniel Inouye, rejected the 26 million dollars requested from the draft fiscal 2013 spending bill (for the...

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

Okinawa marks 40th anniversary of return to Japan   Prime Minister pledges not to allow Futenma base to become a permanent fixture

May 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, the day that Okinawa marked the 40th anniversary of its reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the central government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government co-hosted a ceremony at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed...

AMICUS students publish a school paper about the reversion of Okinawa

AMICUS students publish a school paper about the reversion of Okinawa

May 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the reversion of Okinawa, fifth-grade students of the Okinawa AMICUS International published a school newspaper.
Twenty-seven students worked on the paper from mid-April and draw a comparison between Okinawa in the...