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[Editorial] Yonaguni should promote exchange with Taiwan instead of accepting SDF

June 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Yonaguni Town Assembly have unanimously passed a bill leasing land owned by the town to the Ministry of Defense. This will enable the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to station a coast guard unit on the island. We question such a plan being pushed forward, with almost half of local voters opposing it.

The municipal office will lease 21.4 hectares of the town’s farmland to the ministry for about 15 million yen a year.

The ministry...

 

Eisa Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

<em>Eisa</em> Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

June 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the “Eisa Dance Monument” in Koza Athletic Park, Okinawa City. This day marks six years since the Okinawa City declared...

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, the day commemorating 68 years after the battle of Okinawa ended, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Service for all the war dead at the Peace Memorial Park, Mabuni in Itoman. Those present prayed for the souls of...

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Psychiatrists and other specialists in Okinawa have looked into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors. They have found that about 40 percent of elderly Okinawa residents who experienced the Battle of Okinawa are likely to...

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins top award in All Japan Great Pastry Fair 2013

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins top award in All Japan Great Pastry Fair 2013

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co. has won the Honorary President Award in the technical section of the 26th National Confectionery Great Exhibition held in Hiroshima with its Princess Moon Mango & Shikuwasa set.

First released in June 2011, this sweet...

Mortuary tablet of Confucius returns to Kume after 69 years

Mortuary tablet of Confucius returns to Kume after 69 years

June 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 15, the Kume-soseikai held an inauguration ceremony for the New Kume Confucian Temple in the Kume district of Naha. They carried out a parade to move the mortuary tablet of Confucius from the temple at Wakasa to the new temple.

The Kume-soseikai is...

Parents and children enjoy night zoo

Parents and children enjoy night zoo

June 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 8, an event entitled “Waku Waku Zoo Night” was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. About 30 parents and children took part in the night event. The children became excited when they saw hippos, crocodiles, bats and other nocturnal animals.

The...

Beautiful red turtle a “national treasure”

Beautiful red turtle a

June 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On his way to the school on May 31, eleven-year-old pupil of Ginoza Elementary School Kuruto Aniya picked up a Ryukyu leaf turtle (Ryukyu yama-game) without knowing that it is designated as a natural treasure.

Kuruto brought the turtle to school...

China Eastern Airlines revives its Naha – Shanghai flights

June 14, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines has increased its Shanghai – Naha flights from four round-trips a week to one per day. With relations between Japan and China deteriorating over the Senkaku Islands issue, since September 2012 the company had reduced the...

[Editorial] US and Japan need to investigate Agent Orange in Okinawa

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction workers have unearthed dozens of barrels bearing the words: “The Dow Chemical Company” at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The United States based company is the second-largest chemical manufacturer in...

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

June 14, 2013 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Every June, the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman, holds the “New Artifacts Exhibition” to display items that individuals and groups have recently donated. However, because the museum has not received as many...