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Scissors delay 120 flights and 20000 passengers

March 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:15am on March 27, Naha Airport temporarily stopped operations because a pair of scissors (10 centimeter long blade) was found in a boarding bridge connecting the building and an aircraft. For security reasons the airport office closed the access way to the inspection area. They checked the inside of the aircraft and the security area of the airport by having passengers vacate the area.

As a result, eight flights arriving or departing from the airport...

 

Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

March 24, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 and 5, the Tokashiki Scuba Diving Association started a campaign to preserve a coral reef. They have transplanted coral after cleaning up an area of coast and removing acanthaster starfish, the main natural enemy of reef-building...

LA Times article about an Okinawan attempting to keep Okinawan language alive

LA Times article about an Okinawan attempting to keep Okinawan language alive

March 25, 2013 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since 72 year-old Chogi Higa established a class teaching Uchinaguchi or the Okinawan language in a room in the Okinawa Association of Los Angeles building in Gardena. On February 25, Los Angeles Times reporter...

Sisters use same school bag for 12 years with grandmother’s help

Sisters use same school bag for 12 years with grandmother’s help

March 25, 2013 Tsubaki Mekaru of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, Yuki Shimabukuro graduated from Kitami Elementary School in Okinawa City. The school bag that she had with her that day had previously been used by her sister Haruka, and between them it had carried school books for a total of...

Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

March 18, 2013 Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kin Municipal Office invited descendants of migrants from Kin Town as an internship program for them since 17 years ago. Three years ago, the municipal office began to send interns from the Kin community to locations abroad. On February...

Book on Ginowan eisa published

Book on Ginowan <em>eisa</em> published

March 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ginowan Youth Eisa History Committee has published a book on eisa dance as performed in Ginowan. The book also covers the history of eisa in the local community, and took about five years to prepare. Using interviews and various documentary...

Popular tiger Shima dies in Zoo

Popular tiger Shima dies in Zoo

March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 22, the male tiger called Shima was found dead in the Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City. Shima was 19 years old, which in human terms is the equivalent of a 90 year-old.

A spokesperson for the zoo said that...

Tonaki Island wine tasting event held in Naha

Tonaki Island wine tasting event held in Naha

March 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 10, at Brain Okinawa in Kumoji, Naha, the Cooperative Association Okinawa Industrial Project held the first ever Tonaki wine tasting event. The association plays a leading role in island economic development projects, including the cultivation of the local...

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus to start newspaper course

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus to start newspaper course

March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and the Faculty of Education at University of the Ryukyus will cooperate to deliver a newspaper course from the 2013 academic year. The course aims to teach the role and structure of newspapers by introducing examples of NIE (Newspapers...

[Editorial] Japanese government submits application to reclaim land for relocation of U.S. base Crude move that negates democracy in Japan

March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration submitted an application to the Okinawa Prefectural Government for approval to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to the Henoko coastal area in Nago. This is nothing less than...

Ministry submits application for land reclamation for alternative facility at Henoko

Ministry submits application for land reclamation for alternative facility at Henoko

March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The central government has submitted an application to the Governor of Okinawa for permission to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago in order to commence the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. At 3:40pm on March 22, officials of the Okinawa Defense Bureau...