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Joint statement does not touch upon Futenma relocation issue

Joint statement does not touch upon Futenma relocation issue

May 1, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.
At noon on April 30, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. The two leaders spoke of a dynamic defense force, in which the Japan Self-Defense Forces will gear up for surveillance activities in the Nansei Islands, the southwestern islands off Kyushu and the Okinawan archipelago, and released a joint statement entitled “A Shared Vision for the Future” as the...

 

Captain Yohena lands the big tuna in Kumejima

Captain Yohena lands the big tuna in Kumejima

April 25, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 24, a bluefin tuna 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) long and weighing 271 kilograms (597.5 pounds), was landed on Kume Island. Many people came to see it at Gima Port.

Tomoyoshi Yohena, the captain of the Tsune-maru, and...

Sailing Sabani Race held off Yambaru

Sailing <em>Sabani</em> Race held off <em>Yambaru </em>

April 25, 2012

On April 22, the 2nd Sailing Sabani Race off Yambaru, organized by the Fukaki Sabani, was held. The event is designed to continue on the tradition of the sabani, an Okinawan wooden sailboat, and to try to make it into a new feature to aid the revitalization...

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

Sekitoku Girl’s School students’ Battle of Okinawa experiences screened

April 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of April 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum in Naha the pre-screening of a short documentary Fuji Gakutotai, directed by Gakuya Nomura, was held. The film records the Battle of Okinawa experiences of Sekitoku Girl’s High...

Okinawa Education Office asks high schools to teach about the reversion of Okinawa

April 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 22, to mark the 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, the Okinawa Education Office sent prefectural high schools a written request that students deepen their knowledge of Okinawa around the time of the reversion, and about...

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

Timetable of former Okinawa Light Rail found in diary of late songwriter Nakamoto

April 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A timetable published by the Okinawa Prefecture Light Rail Office in 1943 was found in Gushichan, Yaese. Kaoru Nakamoto found the timetable inside his late father Minoru Nakamoto’s diary when he was cleaning up his father’s belongings. In the diary, there was...

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

Okinawan restaurant in Orange County

April 23, 2012 Sadao Tome, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In December 2010, Mayumi Tomita Vargas, who is originally from Yonabaru, opened an Okinawan restaurant named Habuya in Orange County, California. She said, “My dream has finally come true after coming to the United States back...

Twenty-nine haiku stone tables placed on Izena Island

Twenty-nine haiku stone tables placed on Izena Island

April 18, 2012 Correspondent Kyoko Agarie of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty-three first-year junior high school students placed 29 haiku stone tables at various locations around Izena Island. The haiku poems were written as part of a project with their homeroom teacher Ikuko Ueno when they were second-grade...

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

U.S. Government to deploy MV-22 Osprey to Futenma in July, ahead of schedule

April 25, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United States Government will deploy the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in July, earlier than stated in the original planned timing of autumn this year. On April 24, several Japanese...

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

Protest rally against Japan’s participation in TPP talks

April 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 20, the “Protest rally against Japan’s participation in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement (TPP) was held at Tedako Hall in Urasoe in order to protect food, agriculture and people’s livelihoods in Okinawa.

According...

“We hope to let people know about the Okinawa reversion movement,” ― Hentona High School Students make a film

April 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

The broadcasting club of Okinawa Prefectural Hentona High School has been making a film about the Okinawa movement to revert to Japanese sovereignty. Masataka Nozato and Mikiko Sakugawa, who are second-year students and members of the club, came to know about the...