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Documentary movie set in Miyako Islands wins prize at Locarno International Film Festival

Documentary movie set in Miyako Islands wins prize at Locarno International Film Festival

August 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sketches of Myahk (directed by Koichi Onishi), a documentary movie focusing on the spiritual songs passed on through the ages in the Miyako Islands was awarded Special Mention of the Critics Week Jury 2011, a second Grand Prize in the category of Critics’ Week in 64th Locarno International Film Festival held in Switzerland from August 3 to 13.

Onishi said, “The movie succeeded in introducing to the world the songs and culture of the Miyako...

 

Repaired fishing vessels donated to areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Repaired fishing vessels donated to areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake

August 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyako City of Iwate Prefecture suffered extensive damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Many fishing vessels were swept away or hurled up onto land by the tsunami.
Fishermen of the Katsuren Fishermen’s Cooperative who harvest mozuku,...

Seven years since U.S. helicopter crashed onto Okinawa International University

Seven years since U.S. helicopter crashed onto Okinawa International University

August 13, 2011 compiled from reports of Ryukyu Shimpo

A rally seeking to stop all aircraft from taking off from the United States Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was held at Okinawa International University in Ginowan City on August 13, exactly seven years since a U.S. helicopter crashed...

Unke-ceremony to celebrate the return of ancestral spirits

<em>Unke</em>-ceremony to celebrate the return of ancestral spirits

August 13, Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 12, the first day of Okinawa’s Obon called Unke, families who have family altars celebrated the return of their ancestral spirits with offerings of bananas and pineapples.
At the house of 74-year-old Kazuko Tokumoto, who resides in Komesu,...

Veteran alleges that U.S. military buried Agent Orange in Chatan

Veteran alleges that U.S. military buried Agent Orange in Chatan

August 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A former member of the U.S. military, a 61 year-old veteran who was stationed on Okinawa and now lives in United States, has said that in 1969 the U.S. military buried several dozen 55-gallon (208-liter) drums containing dioxin defoliant along the sea of Chatan...

Low indictment rate for crimes involving U.S. military personnel in Okinawa

Low indictment rate for crimes involving U.S. military personnel in Okinawa

August 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

An investigation conducted by the Japan Peace Committee has revealed that the indictment rate for crimes (excluding vehicular manslaughter) committed by U.S. military personnel, including their family members and civilian personnel, in Okinawa was 16.2% in 2010....

Anthology of Okinawan contemporary literature published

Anthology of Okinawan contemporary literature published

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

University of Hawaii has published Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa, an anthology of Okinawan contemporary literature, with the concept of it being unique literature, existing beyond the bounds of Japanese literature.
In...

“The World Youth Uchinanchu Network” launched for the Festival, calls for young people to participate through Facebook

“The World Youth <em>Uchinanchu</em> Network” launched for the Festival, calls for young people to participate through Facebook

August 12, 2011 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ahead of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival to be held in October, the Next-Generation Project team, which is working on organizing a network for young people, has recently launched the “The World Youth Uchinanchu Network,”...

U.S. military brings radioactive waste into MCAS Futenma

U.S. military brings radioactive waste into MCAS Futenma

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military has transported radioactive waste and stored it in the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. The waste is pollutants discharged during the decontamination work of “Operation Tomodachi” carried out by U.S. Forces as relief assistance...

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

Encouragement for 100 newly-hatched baby turtles to swim towards the sea

August 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of August 3, more than 100 loggerhead and green turtles hatched at the seaside near Ogimi Village. The baby turtles swam strongly out towards the sea, just as it became rough due to the approach of Typhoon No.9.

Many people came to observe,...

Colonialist attitudes behind the ex-US Japan desk diplomat’s derogatory remarks about Okinawans

Colonialist attitudes behind the ex-US Japan desk diplomat's derogatory remarks about Okinawans

August 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A written account by the students of American University in Washington who attended the lecture by Kevin Maher, former director of the State Department’s Office of Japan Affairs and former consul general in Okinawa Prefecture, exposed his derogatory remarks...