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Asian media promotes Okinawan tourism, emphasizing its safety

Asian media promotes Okinawan tourism, emphasizing its safety

May 25, 2011 by Takashi Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Let’s travel to Okinawa.” The media in Asian countries and regions such as South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, appear to be actively promoting travel to Okinawa.
In the context of a decrease in tourists to Japan after Great East Japan Earthquake, representatives of 41 media related companies from Asia visited Okinawa during the period from April 11 to May 23.
Most of the companies, which mainly covered radiation contamination...

 

Learning about a history fraught with hardship: public conference on Hansen’s disease held

Learning about a history fraught with hardship: public conference on Hansen’s disease held

May 21, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Designed to foster a greater understanding of Hansen’s disease and to help eliminate prejudice and discrimination against those afflicted by it, “The 7th General and Exchange Gathering of Public Conference on Hansen’s Disease in Nago, Miyako Island,” was...

Local leaders around U.S. Kadena Airbase protest against parachute training

May 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, Chairwoman Mitsuko Tomon, mayor of Okinawa City, and other leaders of the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Airbase met with Colonel David Nahom, commander of the 18th Operations Group, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base to protest against parachute...

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

May 22, 2011 photo by Hiroaki Yamashiro, photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Noguchigera or Okinawa woodpecker, designated as a special national treasure and found in the forests of the Yambaru in the northern part of Okinawa, has entered the fledging brood season.

Around midday on May...

Okinawan rum begins shipping to France

Okinawan rum begins shipping to France

May 24, 2011 by Seikaku Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 23, Yuko Kinjo, president of the Grace Rum Co., based at Minami Daito Village, shipped about 1000 bottles of rum to France for use in hotels and restaurants.

The company produces its rum from local sugar cane and sells it as a local...

Looking forward to how the land will look after the return of the U.S. bases

Looking forward to how the land will look after the return of the U.S. bases

May 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Painting contest 2010, Dreaming of the land after the return of the U.S. bases,” an exhibition of the winning entries, commenced at the Prefectural Gallery of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum on May 20.

Governor of Okinawa Hirokazu Nakaima...

Three municipalities around Kadena Air Base united in their strong opposition to the integration plan with Futenma

Three municipalities around Kadena Air Base united in their strong opposition to the integration plan with Futenma

May 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a press conference held at the Chatan Town Hall on May 19, the mayors of Okinawa City, Chatan and Kadena Town and the chairpeople of their three assemblies, namely the group of six that makes up the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Airbase, declared...

Pula-kun, popular Yuru-Chara of Ginten Street Shopping Mall

Pula-kun, popular Yuru-Chara of Ginten Street Shopping Mall

May 27, 2011 by Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Pula-kun, a character representing tempura (seafood and vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried), a specialty dish in the Ginten Street Shopping Mall in Okinawa City, has been gaining popularity.
On Twitter, more than 1300 people now...

Glittering soushiju trees in full bloom in Naha

Glittering soushiju trees in full bloom in Naha

May 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The soushiju trees or Acacia confusa reached full bloom in Manko Park in Naha, on May 18, giving passersby an enjoyable glimpse of the sun during a short break in the long rainy season. Soushiju is an evergreen leguminous tree that blossoms during April and May with...

Kadena Town Assembly resolution seeks withdrawal of U.S. senators’ proposal regarding the relocation of Futenma

Kadena Town Assembly resolution seeks withdrawal of U.S. senators' proposal regarding the relocation of Futenma

May 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kadena Town Assembly, chaired by Hiromi Tasaki, held an extraordinary session on May 17 to discuss the proposal by U.S. senator Carl Levin of the Senate Armed Services Committee and others that their government consider the option of integrating the facilities...

One thousand three hundred school bags for children in stricken areas

One thousand three hundred school bags for children in stricken areas

May 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Students of Kouyou Elementary School in Itoman City have been calling for people to donate school bags to give to children living in areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and in war-torn Afghanistan. They have collected a total of 1300 bags.
Impressed...