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OPG will establish a research office in the United States on U.S. military affairs next April

July 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, the first day of the regular meeting of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Chairman Zenshin Takamine), referring to the new Security Research Organization, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated, “It will commence no later than next April, but its research activities will be underway this September.” Also with regard to the matter of a field office in the United States for gathering information about military affairs such as U.S. bases in Okinawa and the...

 

Growing number of Okinawa rails killed by automobiles

Growing number of Okinawa rails killed by automobiles

July 2, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 1, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced numbers confirmed at the end of June for Okinawa rails and Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on the roads.
The number of Okinawa rails killed on the roads amounted to 19, almost...

Brown sugar, awamori and other Okinawan products popular at Taiwan Food Show

Brown sugar, <em>awamori</em> and other Okinawan products popular at Taiwan Food Show

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Okinawa and the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation (OIPPC) reported that, “Okinawan health foods, brown sugar and awamori have been a hit with people at the Taipei International Food Show.” This show...

Remembering the tragedy of U.S. military jet crashing onto elementary school

Remembering the tragedy of U.S. military jet crashing onto elementary school

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fifty-two years have passed since June 30, 1959, when a U.S. F-100 fighter from Kadena Air Base crashed into Miyamori Elementary School.
The Association of Children held the 52nd-anniversary memorial ceremony on June 30 at Miyamori Elementary School (principal,...

Little tern, please grow up healthy and strong!

Little tern, please grow up healthy and strong!

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The little tern (biological name: Sternula albifrons or Sterna albifrons), a migratory bird designated as an endangered species, is now entering the period in which it is cared for by its parents.

At a site on reclaimed land in Naha City, where a flock of about...

Okinawan fisherman found off coast Kochi after drifting for 20 days

Okinawan fisherman found off coast Kochi after drifting for 20 days

July 1, 2011 compiled from Kyodo News reports

According to the Kyodo News Service, the Kochi office of the Japan Coast Guard stated on June 30 that an Okinawan fisherman and his boat had been found safe off Cape Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, after drifting for 20 days.The captain and his fishing...

Okinawan company to export health foods to Taiwan in July

Okinawan company to export health foods to Taiwan in July

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

After passing an examination for food importations, Okinawa Chousei Yakusou Honsha Co., Ltd (President Seikichi Shimoji, Nanjo City) has received approval from the Taiwanese Government to export its products there. The company will commence exports of its products...

Poloyushi shirts popular

<em>Poloyushi</em> shirts popular

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A polo shirt version of kariyushi wear is selling well.
Kariyushi shirts were originally created as business wear during summer in Okinawa and are designed based on Hawaiian shirts but with uniquely Okinawan cultural motifs.
Project...

Theme song for the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival selected

Theme song for the 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Festival selected

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nirai no Kanata (Beyond Nirai) was selected as the theme song for the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, which is scheduled to be held over four days from October 13.
Composer Katsushi Arakaki wrote the music and lyrics and Natchy (her real...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly adopts a resolution demanding the revision of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement

June 29, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular meeting on June 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly (Chairman Zenshin Takamine) unanimously passed a resolution and statement of protest against the U.S. military parachute drill held at Kadena Air Base on May and seeking the revision of U.S.-Japan...

Yagi no bouken screened in international film festivals

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The film Yagi no bouken (The Catcher on the Shore), which Kyuyo High School first year student 15 year-old Ryugo Nakamura directed when he was still a pupil at Okinawa Higashi Junior High School in Okinawa City, has been recently screened at several international...