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Disposal of U.S. unexploded ordnance carried out in a hospital site in Haebaru Town with critically-ill patients remaining on-site

Disposal of U.S. unexploded ordnance carried out in a hospital site in Haebaru Town with critically-ill patients remaining on-site

September 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Disposal of a U.S. bomb found on the site of the Ureshinogaoka-Samaritan Hospital in the Arakawa District, Haebaru Town, was carried out on the morning of September 4. While this was being done, 200 critically-ill patients and 85 members of the hospital staff stayed on-site because they were unable to evacuate to a safe area. It is extremely rare for this kind of bomb disposal work to be carried out with so many patients and staff members remaining in the...

 

Three performers of Okinawan origin win the top awards in the Ryukyu Classical Art Contest

Three performers of Okinawan origin win the top awards in the Ryukyu Classical Art Contest

September 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the 46th Ryukyu Classical Art Contest (sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo), held in August, three performers of Okinawan origin from Brazil and the United States were awarded passes in the top award section of the ryubu or Ryukyu Classical Dance. They are Satoru...

Bone of tall Jomon man found in Itoman City

Bone of tall Jomon man found in Itoman City

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Mabuni Hantabaru archeological site in Itoman City researchers have found a forearm bone of a male roughly 169 centimeters tall among the bones of 85 people from the late Jomon period, dating back 3,000-4,000 years.

The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters...

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to population estimates published by the Statistics Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on August 31, as of August 1, Okinawa’s population had reached 1400171 people. This figure is based on a survey of the increases and decreases in...

Another 174 landowners join the already more than 4000 who will not renew their contracts for U.S. military use

August 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Lease contracts between the Government and local landowners providing their land for military use will expire on May 14, 2012. One hundred and seventy four landowners with land on 17 facilities who agreed to enter into a contract with the government the previous...

Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

Brazil Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 85th anniversary by honoring forerunners’ efforts

August 29, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrated the 85th anniversary of its founding with about 700 people of Okinawan origin attending at the Kenjin-Kai Hall in Sao Paulo City, Brazil, on August 27 local time. The...

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

Beenkuikui-ceremony for a good crop and perfect health

August 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 27, as a part of the Shinugu, a traditional festival in Oku, Kunigami Village, Beenkuikui, a ceremony unique to the village was also held. In the ceremony, young people placed the eldest person in the village on an uhi (tub)...

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

Yonaguni Island offers view of Taiwan on three consecutive days

August 27, 2011 Rie Higashihama, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Yonaguni Island offered views of Taiwan for several hours each day from August 17 to 19.
The range of 3700-meter high mountains stretching across the Yilan and Hualien counties in the eastern part of Taiwan was visible...

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

Urasoe City elementary school pupils debut as history tour guides

August 26, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, in conjunction with the Urasoe Board of Education, the Urasoe City Guides (headed by Hiromasa Awamori), a nonprofit organization that runs tours of the historical sites and cultural assets of Urasoe City, carried out a tour around Urasoe...

Government amends legislation concerning compensation for victims of asbestos poisoning among Okinawan employees on U.S. bases

August 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government will provide compensation for the families of local employees whose health was affected by asbestos and who left their jobs on U.S. bases before Okinawa was returned to Japan on May 15, 1972. This measure was set in place on August 26 by means of...

Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai celebrates 60th Anniversary

Argentina Okinawa <em>Kenjin-Kai</em> celebrates 60th Anniversary

August 27, 2011 Hisao Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

On August 25 local time, at the Kenjin-Kai Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 250 people of Okinawan origin attended the Argentina Okinawa Kenjin-Kai’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of its foundation....