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Heads of 38 municipalities oppose the deployment of MV-22 Osprey at Futenma Air Station

June 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A survey conducted by Ryukyu Shimpo on June 10 about the deployment of MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft at the Futenma Air Station from 2012 has revealed that this is opposed by the heads of 38 of 48 municipalities in the prefecture.
Ryukyu Shimpo received responses from all the heads of the municipalities in the prefecture except that of Ginoza Village who could not be reached due to being away on a business trip to South America....

 

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

Novelist describes his memory of the land taken by the U.S. military

June 9, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo,

Eighty-five year-old Tatsuhiro Oshiro, an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer, will publish his anthology of short stories Futenma yo through Shinchosha Co., Ltd. in mid-June. Futenma yo, is the overarching name of seven short stories written specifically...

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

Sutsuupunaka: celebration of a full harvest in Tarama Village

June 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6 and 7, the harvest festival Sutsuupunaka was held in four sites in Tarama Village with all the villagers wishing for a year with a good harvest.

From late in the evening on June 6 into the early hours of June 7, elders sang divine songs and...

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

Fresh traces suggesting that dugong ate seaweed further out in Oura Bay

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The diving team Snack Snufkin has found traces of dugong eating seaweed underwater about 600 meters off the coast south of Sedake, Nago City.

Nobu Nishihara, a representative of the team that carried out the biological survey in Oura Bay, said, “This sort...

US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

US Marine Corp to deploy Osprey at Futenma Air Station

June 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) officially notified the prefectural government and relevant municipalities of Ginowan City, Nago City and Kin Town that the U.S. Marine Corps will deploy MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft at the...

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

Nijima team wins V6 at the Itoman Harley race

June 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 4 of the old lunar calendar (June 5) or Yukka-nu-hi, Harley or Harri dragon-boat races were held in various locations in the prefecture to wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. The Harley race held at the...

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

Okinawan Americans come from Hawaii to play the sanshin at a requiem held at the Miyamori Elementary School Memorial

June 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen Hawaiians originated from Okinawa, including 36 year-old Norman Kinjo visited the Miyamori Elementary School in Uruma City on June 3 to attend the memorial service held for the victims, including 11 children, killed in the June 30 1959 crash of a U.S. F-100...

“Odori” – novel depicting the spirit of Okinawa

“Odori” - novel depicting the spirit of Okinawa

June 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-one year-old Dacy Tamayose, a second generation Okinawan-Canadian residing in Lethbridge City, Canada, has written a novel about the life of her mother, 76 year-old Naoko Tamayose, describing the legacy of the Okinawan spirit and how it seeks peace and beauty....

Establish a facility for gathering information in the United States

June 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 3, Head of the Executive Office of the Governor Susumu Matayoshi gave the media an explanation of his official trip to the United States, which commenced on May 22.
Matayoshi indicated a willingness to locate some form of center of information gathering...

Governor of Okinawa promotes the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Canada

Governor of Okinawa promotes the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in Canada

June 3, 2011 Tsuyoshi Arakaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

A roadshow across North America headed by the governor of Okinawa, Hirokazu Nakaima, who visited Canada to promote the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival scheduled for October, arrived in Calgary City, Canada in the afternoon on June 1....

The WWF Japan discovers a new species of numa-ebi in the sea off Kumejima

The WWF Japan discovers a new species of numa-ebi in the sea off Kumejima

June 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Japan announced that it has discovered a new species of numa-ebi, or Atyidae shrimp, during field research carried at Kumejima Island in February. The numa-ebi species normally inhabits the freshwater of lakes...