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From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate

From March 2012 Yomitan Murasaki Mura will promote tourism with karate

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16 at the Prefectural Government Offices, representatives of Yomitan Kururu Resort Okinawa, which manages the Taiken Okoku Murasaki Mura in Yomitan, met with executives from four other firms and announced that they will commence a model project to promote tourism by building a brand that utilizes Okinawa’s traditional karate. From March 2012, based in Murasaki Mura, they will commence three projects including a company orientation program with...

 

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

War victim group seeks to establish a war victim assistance law

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 14 at the prefectural government offices, a war victim group filing a collective lawsuit with the central government for an apology and compensation to civilian casualties in the Battle of Okinawa, made its stance clear on a war victim assistance...

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

Illuminations at Mabuni turned on in the hope of peace

December 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of December 16, a ceremony to commence the 13th Itoman City Peaceful Illumination, making a wish for peace, was held at Itoman Farm for Tourists in Mabuni, Itoman. It will be in place until January 3. Mayor of Itoman City, Hirotsune Uehara, the chairperson...

Town office to carry out an environmental survey in the Hamby area of Chatan regarding the defoliant issue

December 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the defoliant containing the deadly poison dioxin being a serious threat to the health of residents, Chatan Town Office is carrying out an environmental survey in the Hamby area in an attempt to find evidence of pollution. U.S. military veterans...

Okinawa Prefecture preserves the Shiraho-Saonetabaru Cave on the site of New Ishigaki Airport

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture has decided to preserve the Shiraho Saonetabaru site where human bones 24000 years old were unearthed. The site will be conserved to enable further excavation and visits. This is the first site where plants and animals are preserved in their...

[Editorial]
Japanese government should abandon the Futenma relocation plan

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The issue of the relocation and return of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa has reached a critical juncture.
In the United States, the Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to cut the 150 million dollars tagged for the planned...

Out of consideration of a backlash from Okinawa the government has not budgeted for the Futenma relocation plan for the next fiscal year

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

With regard to the relocation plan of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the Nago district, it was revealed on December 14 that the government has decided to defer the inclusion of basic design and construction costs originally scheduled for the...

Okinawa Governor to establish a new division to study Japan-U.S. security issues

December 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 12, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima announced that next April the Okinawa Prefectural Office (OPG) will establish a division to conduct research and gather information about Japan-U.S. security issues.
This is aimed at lending substance to his policy...

JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

JAL puts on a special cargo service to get New Year chrysanthemums from Okinawa to all parts of the country

December 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the lead up to the season’s peak at the nationwide auction for chrysanthemums for the New Year, from December 15 to 23, Taiyo no Hana, a union of flower producers and Japan Airlines dispatched a special flight at around 2:00am on December 15, to transport...

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

Nakahodo sets up a support project in Finland to keep people from forgetting the Great East Japan Earthquake

December 11, 2011 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been nine months since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Efforts to help victims of the earthquake still continue today. An Okinawan woman studying in Oulu City in Finland worked with seven other Japanese students to make a charity event...

Sugarcane output lowest since Okinawa’s reversion – affected by typhoon, disease and insects

December 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, in the Economy and Labor Commission of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (chaired by Nobuko Tamaki), the head of the Okinawa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Toshiaki Higa, projected that because of damage caused by typhoons the...