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Fishing boat Tonan Maru flying no national flag, seized in Taiwan

Fishing boat Tonan Maru flying no national flag, seized in Taiwan

May 15, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Ships that navigate the high seas are officially required to display a national flag, but under the U.S. military administration, until 1967, ships from Okinawa were not permitted to hoist either a Japanese or American flag. This led to numerous incidents in which Okinawa vessels were treated as being of unidentified nationality.
One of those incidents occurred when the 150-ton fishing boat Tonan Maru that had departed...

 

Ryukyu Dynasty musical revived on stage

Ryukyu Dynasty musical revived on stage

May 16, 2011

The kumiodori traditional Okinawan musical of the Ryukyu Dynasty, “The World of Ukwanshin Woudui Chushin Migawari no Maki,” was performed at the National Theatre Okinawa on May 15. The performance was part of a special research project to commemorate the day...

Protest rally marks the 30th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan

Protest rally marks the 30th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan

May 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A peace march was staged on May 15, 2011, the date marking the 30th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japanese sovereignty. After the march, the participants held a protest rally demanding the “Protection of Peace and Daily Life in Okinawa” (hosted by the 5-15...

Okinawa rail threatened by increase in mongoose numbers

Okinawa rail threatened by increase in mongoose numbers

May 16, 2011 by Katsuyoshi Oshiro, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Yambaru Wildlife Center in Kunigami Village held the local briefing session on the wildlife in the Yambaru that had been announced at the 58th National Convention of Ecological Society of Japan held in Sapporo, Hokkaido...

Extra edition: relocation of Futenma Air Station unrealistic

Extra edition: relocation of Futenma Air Station unrealistic

May 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and John McCain, senior United States Senator, announced on May 11 that they consider the current plan put forward by both the U.S. and Japanese governments for the relocation of Futenma Air Station to be...

Change U.S. policy on Futenma by sending out information directly from Okinawa

May 13, 2011 by Michiyo Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three U.S. senators, including Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have called for the Pentagon to abandon plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma facilities to the Henoko district of Nago, rejecting...

Raising money for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Raising money for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

May 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

To raise money for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 15 year-old Bryce Tomo Wedig and his sister 14 year-old Hannah Marie Wedig, who live in Indiana, ran a stall at their Haru-matsuri (spring festival), held in Earlham College in Richmond, raising...

Tokyo couple pledge their eternal devotion to each other at World Heritage castle

Tokyo couple pledge their eternal devotion to each other at World Heritage castle

May 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 30, dressed in the traditional costume of the Ryukyu Dynasty, Takahiro and Aiko Akiba, both of Tokyo, held their marriage ceremony at the World Heritage site Nakijin Castle. The newly-weds exchanged wedding vows in front of family members and tourists in...

Bullfighting – 4000 spectators watch the action at the All Okinawa Spring Tournament

Bullfighting - 4000 spectators watch the action at the All Okinawa Spring Tournament

May 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 95th All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Spring Tournament, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and The Ryukyu Shimpo. Co., was held on May 8 at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City.Twenty-six bulls gave their all in front...

Repaired sabani sails again – Itoman Uminchu workshop

Repaired sabani sails again - Itoman Uminchu workshop

May 12, 2011 by Hideyoshi Tamahose, a correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The launching ceremony, or shinaurushi in the Okinawan dialect, of a traditional Okinawan fishing boat known as a sabani, was held at the Itoman Northern Fishing Port in Itoman Town on April 29. The sabani...

Bus guides debut as singers on stage

Bus guides debut as singers on stage

May 7, 2011 by Kenta Masuda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular bus guides made their stage debut.
Six bus guides whose day-time job is guiding tourists around Okinawa on sightseeing buses formed a group called Utabus (singing bus) in which they made their stage debut in the live music...