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High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

High School students work to save the Ryukyu-inu breed of dogs from going extinct

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yo Kakazu

Five second year students from Chubu Norin High School, including Yuto Kamejima, 16, are taking on the challenge of preserving pure-bred “Ryukyu-inu” dogs, which are native to Okinawa, beginning in April. Due to the difficulties of breeding, the preservation society had almost ceased activity altogether, putting the continued existence of Ryukyu-inu dogs in danger. Says Kamejima, “I do not want pure-bred Ryukyu-inu to go extinct. I am...

 

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

Long lost father and daughter meet after 55 years

April 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Fumiaki Jahana and Chota Takamine

On April 4, at a hotel in Okinawa City, Sally Rudd, 55, who lives in Brisbane, Australia met her father, Yoshinori Shimabukuro, 84, for the first time in 55 years. Rudd’s father, who is from Kumejima, Okinawa and now...

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Sakima Prosthetics and Orthotics, which manufactures and sells prosthetics and orthotics, has developed “CB Brace CarBonee LightSports.” This joint brace is to be worn during exercise to prevent injuries and decrease the stress on knees. With...

Scientific discovery on crown-of-thorns starfish communication could alleviate coral damage

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Recently the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University and an Australian research team sequenced the genomes of crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) that live in Okinawa and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The researchers also found that...

114 noise complaints filed to US military in Higashi

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Higashi village representative council’s regular meeting, it was announced that noise complaints filed against US military aircrafts went up to 114 cases between April 1, 2016 to March 14, 2017. This is twice the number of complaints in the previous year....

Editorial: Statement by ambassador for Okinawa sparks desire for cancellation of his post

April 1, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

One cannot infer if Kawada is aware of his own duties. It is incomprehensible that he would act and speak toward an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative in a narrow-minded and self-righteous manner.

In response to an Okinawa Prefectural Assembly representative’s...

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahide Ota, ex-governor of Okinawa, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The, “Continuing the spirit of ‘life itself is treasure,’ bringing the Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawan people who lay the foundation for peace,” executive...

Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

Okinawan-Hawaiian Shiroma, whose family emigrated four generations ago, asks for information about relatives of his great grandfather Taru

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Musician Ian Shiroma, 42, an Okinawan-Hawaiian who lives in Aichi Prefecture and whose family emigrated to Hawaii four generations ago, is looking for relatives who may live in Okinawa.

His great grandfather Taru Shiroma was from Nishihara, and it seems that...

Hamaui held on beaches

Hamaui held on beaches

March 31, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 30, which is March 3 in the lunar calendar, Okinawan beaches were crowded with families and people enjoying shellfish gathering. Mitsue Ishikawa, who is from Ginowan City visited the beach at Yagaji, Nago with her daughter and granddaughter, and gathered...

Family of victims of “collective self-determination” pray for peace in Chibichiri-gama cave in Yomitan

Family of victims of “collective self-determination

April 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 1, in the dark of Chibichiri-gama cave at Hanza, Yomitan, where more than 80 villagers were driven to “mass suicide” (compulsory group suicide) on April 2, 1945, a memorial service was held by the Bereaved Family Association.

More than...

Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

Pornography and prostitution are “sexual exploitation”

March 28, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Author Minori Kitahara interviewed by Ami Chibana

The situations in which young women are likely to be pulled into the sex industry and the issue with people being forced to make an appearance in porn – what exactly is in the background of this huge industry...