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Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival preparations underway; committee quadruples membership to 20

Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival preparations underway; committee quadruples membership to 20

April 15, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kenta Masuda

 

The Seventh Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival will be held this fall, after a one-year postponement related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival’s executive committee secretariat which comprised five staff members until March quadrupled to 20 including interpreters, and its office is now 2.3 times its original size. The “hybrid” festival is scheduled to be held October 30-November 3, 2022, with both on-site and online...

 

Highest temperatures this year measured at nine sites in Okinawa, sunflowers bloom in Ikeijima

Highest temperatures this year measured at nine sites in Okinawa, sunflowers bloom in Ikeijima

April 13, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

According to the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory, on April 12 the Okinawa region was covered by the Pacific Anticyclone, causing places throughout the region to experience what felt like a hot summer day. At 1:00 p.m. that day, a temperature of...

“We can’t allow children to drink” water containing harmful PFAS – protest assembly in Ginowan draws 400 people

“We can’t allow children to drink” water containing harmful PFAS – protest assembly in Ginowan draws 400 people

April 12, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki and Shugo Asato

 

Ginowan – We cannot allow our children and grandchildren to drink water that contains harmful substances, argues the “Take back our clean water! Protect life from pollution of polyfluoroalkyl substances...

Governor Tamaki declares “7th wave” of the coronavirus as 1,355 new cases are confirmed in Okinawa

Governor Tamaki declares “7th wave” of the coronavirus as 1,355 new cases are confirmed in Okinawa

April 8, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Teppei Ikeda

 

Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki held a press conference the evening of April 7, where he indicated that the prefecture is once again at a heightened sense of risk with daily new cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa had surpassed 1,000 per...

First Entotsugai Observed in Japan Discovered in Iriomote Island

First Entotsugai Observed in Japan Discovered in Iriomote Island

April 8, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shugo Asato

 

The first entotsugai (giant shipworm) to be observed in Japan has been confirmed in Funauki Bay of Iriomote Island in Taketomi, Okinawa. The entotsugai is the longest bivalve in the world and forms a calcareous...

“Obviously reporting,” Naha mayor criticizes solider pointing gun at Shimpo journalist

“Obviously reporting,” Naha mayor criticizes solider pointing gun at Shimpo journalist

April 7, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sanenori Kinjo

 

 

During a regular press conference held on April 6, Naha City Mayor Mikiko Shiroma spoke on the incident in which a U.S. soldier pointed a gun at a Ryukyu Shimpo reporter positioned outside the base’s fence line...

U.S. soldier points muzzle of his gun toward Ryukyu Shimpo reporter during training at Naha Port

U.S. soldier points muzzle of his gun toward Ryukyu Shimpo reporter during training at Naha Port

April 1, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On the evening of March 31, the U.S. Army stationed in Okinawa conducted guard and protect training at the U.S. military’s Naha Port Facility (Naha Military Port). Armed soldiers carrying guns and guarding a warehouse at the port were observed...

“Fighting Bull” design wins cabinet office Kariyushi wear contest on “Okinawa41” website

“Fighting Bull” design wins cabinet office Kariyushi wear contest on “Okinawa41” website

April 3, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yosuke Anri

 

Tokyo – Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Kosaburo Nishime announced the results of the 2021 Kariyushi wear design contest at a press conference following a cabinet meeting on March 29. From 398 submissions,...

Japan-Taiwan fishing agreement from 2019 to be extended through 2022 without revision

Japan-Taiwan fishing agreement from 2019 to be extended through 2022 without revision

March 26, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chie Tome

As concerns the fishing agreement between Japan and Taiwan pertaining to fishing rights in the surroundings of the Senkaku Islands, the present operational rules which have been in place since 2019 are set to stay in place throughout 2022, as...

Okinawa Prefecture hosts online symposium regarding the military base issue in Okinawa, attended by the governor and prefectural staff

Okinawa Prefecture hosts online symposium regarding the military base issue in Okinawa, attended by the governor and prefectural staff

March 27, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shohei Tsukazaki

 

Okinawa Prefecture hosted a symposium titled “Think with Governor Denny – working towards peace with Asia and Okinawa,” March 26, held online over video conference. Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki plans to start the “U.S....

Release of “Omoro Soshi, Part 1”, First Volume of the Compendium of Ryukyu Literature

Release of “Omoro Soshi, Part 1”, First Volume of the Compendium of Ryukyu Literature

April 1, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kotaro Nagamine

 

Nago – On March 30, “Omoro Soshi, Part 1”, the first volume in the 35-volume Compendium of Ryukyu Literature (Ryukyu Bungaku Taikei), was released by Meio University in Nago. Work to edit and...