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“The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival” Pre-Event: Global Next Generation Project

“The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival” Pre-Event: Global Next Generation Project

March 27, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Global Next Generation Project,” the pre-event of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, was held in the hall of University of the Ryukyus on March 26.

During the event, local Okinawan students who have experienced exchanges with people of Okinawan descent residing abroad or with people from other countries, reported on their experiences and talked about establishing a network with the increasing number of Okinawans or people of Okinawan descent...

 

Awamori shipments decrease for 6 consecutive years

March 24, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association, headed by Takeshi Sakumoto, announced figures on shipments of Awamori for 2010 on March 20.

Total shipment quantity of 22180 kiloliters was down 5.2% on the previous year, the sixth consecutive annual decrease....

Relocation of Futenma facilities within Okinawa impossible

March 24, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Upper House Budget Committee, headed by Takeshi Maeda, held a public hearing on “Foreign and Security Policy” on March 23. During the hearing, Ukeru Magosaki, former Director General of the Intelligence and Analysis Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

“Laugh & Peace Festival” starts in Okinawa

March 19, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 3rd International Okinawa Film Festival, sponsored by the Festival Executive Committee, was held at Ginowan Tropical Beach in Okinawa, on March 23. Held under the banner:...

Kick ass – Goat-fighting at the Katsuyama Flower Festival

Kick ass – Goat-fighting at the Katsuyama Flower Festival

March 16, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 12, many people came to enjoy a goat-fighting, or Hijaorase (Okinawan dialect) event, held annually at the Katsuyama Community Center, Nago City, in the northern part in Okinawa. Two goats butted each other violently in a ring approximately six...

Great East Japan Earthquake: growing numbers of the refugees to Okinawa

March 18, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, growing numbers of people from the Tohoku and Kanto areas have been taking refuge in Okinawa in order to escape from a spate of aftershocks and the ongoing threat of a nuclear accident.

Staff at the Okinawa Tourist...

Resort Weddings increase to 8189 in Okinawa

Steadily growing number of customers from overseas

March 17, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

According to figures released by the Okinawa Prefectural Government Department of Tourism, Commerce & Industry, 8189 couples were married at resort hotels in Okinawa last year. This represents a 2.0%...

Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota: Maher’s remarks represent his true feelings

Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota: Maher’s remarks represent his true feelings

March 12, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo
Former Governor of Okinawa Masahide Ota discusses what may lie behind the disparaging remarks about Okinawa made by Kevin Maher, who was subsequently removed from his position as Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the US State Department.
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