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OPG will open an office in Beijing later this year

September 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

If all goes smoothly, the Okinawan Prefectural Government (OPG) will open an office in Beijing later this year. OPG hopes that this will contribute to the expansion of sales channels for the products and to attract Chinese tourists to Okinawa. The office will start with a manager from the OPG, and one or two local employees. In September, at the regular meetings of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, the government will suggest that about 15 million yen be put...

 

Tarama Island August Dance

Tarama Island August Dance

September 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The August Dance Festival, which is designated as one of Japan’s significant intangible folk cultural assets, was held at Ntabaru Uganju, a sanctuary area in Nakasuji, Tarama Village from September 5 to 7 (from 8th to 10th day of the 8th month of the traditional...

100 year-old Okinawan Peruvian woman tells her story

100 year-old Okinawan Peruvian woman tells her story

September 7, 2011 Hisao Miyagi, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Lima City

As the Peru Okinawa Kenjin-Kai marked the 100th anniversary of its foundation, first-generation Okinawan Peruvian Tsuyu Toyama, who currently resides in Lima City, Peru, turned 100 this year but remains in good...

Worldwide karate seminar held in Yomitan

Worldwide karate seminar held in Yomitan

September 6, 2011 Kenichi Yoshida of Ryukyu Shimpo

The World Oshukai Dento Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Karate Do Kobudo Federation, which is based in France and functions as a non-profit organization for traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and Okinawan kobudo, held a seminar in Yomitan Village from...

Government to submit assessment for Futenma relocation for USMC by year’s end

September 4, 2011 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

At his meeting with Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on September 1, Kimito Nakae, Japan’s administrative vice-minister of defense stated that the Government will submit an environmental impact report by this...

Kumejima Town studies deep water in collaboration with Kona City of Hawaii

September 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kumejima Town and Kona City of Hawaii, both of which have deep-sea water pipelines in their regions, indicated their intention to sign a sister-city agreement in Kona City on September 11 aimed at stimulating collaborative research on deep-ocean water and people-to-people...

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...

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...