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Relocation of Futenma Air Station:U.S. Defense Secretary urges Japan to move as soon as possible on application procedures for the Henoko landfill

Relocation of Futenma Air Station:U.S. Defense Secretary urges Japan to move as soon as possible on application procedures for the Henoko landfill

October 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
On October 25, one after another, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in Tokyo. They explained to him that the Japanese government will submit to Okinawa Prefectural Government the evaluation report of the environmental impact assessment of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago City, and agreed that it is important...

 

Kimono Girls in the UK collect donations for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Kimono Girls in the UK collect donations for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake

October 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Six months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, but at concert venues in the United Kingdom, various groups and individuals are continuing to raise money. Noriko Uchima, from Okinawa City, has been actively involved in fund-raising as one of the...

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

PAC3 missiles transferred from Kadena to Futenma and Camp Courtney

October 25, 2011

Early in the morning of October 25, the United States Army moved its PAC3 (Patriot surface-to-air missile) and related vehicles, which had been deployed in the U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base to U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station and Camp Courtney in Uruma City. The Okinawa...

The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Fesitival
Ukwanshin Kabudan from Hawaii sings “to help maintain the spirit of Uchina

The 5th Worldwide <em>Uchinanchu</em> Fesitival<br> <em>Ukwanshin Kabudan</em> from Hawaii sings “to help maintain the spirit of <em>Uchina</em>”

October 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of October 20 at the Tenbusu Theater in Naha, a performing arts group from Hawaii called Ukwanshin Kabudan gave a performance entitled Ichimadin Shimanchu, which in English means, “Forever Islanders.” The four Okinawans from...

Let’s greet each other with Haisai
Naha starts to encourage the use of Uchinaguchi

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga announced that the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was the stimulus behind the city making an effort to encourage people to give greetings in Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) on formal occasions. At a regular...

Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

Maeara wins the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Taketomi dialect dictionary

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The winners of the 59th Kikuchi Kan Prize (sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature) were announced on October 19, with 87 year-old Toru Maeara being selected for publishing a Taketomi dialect dictionary (published by Nanzansha). Originally...

World Solar Challenge 2011
Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

World Solar Challenge 2011<br> Okinawan high school team finishes 13th in a solar car race across Australia

October 24, 2011 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the final day of the 2011 World Solar Challenge – the world’s largest solar car race, about 3000 kilometers across Australia – Team Okinawa “Lequion” finished the race by crossing the finish-line in...

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle
Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

Wedding ceremony held at Zakimi Castle<br> Vows exchanged at a World Heritage Site

October 20, 2011 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, the wedding of Naha residents Naoyuki and Kae (née Takemura) Matsuda was held at Zakimi Castle, which is a World Heritage Site. The couple and their parents dressed in Ryukyu Dynasty traditional costume and together with Mitsuo...

Jeans weathered with coral powder among the many products exhibited at the 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival

Jeans weathered with coral powder among the many products exhibited at the 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival

October 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 35th Annual Okinawa Industrial Festival opened on October 21 at the Okinawa Prefectural Budokan in Naha. The booths at the venue featured many typical and attractive Okinawan products, including new items with high-tech and innovative features. Cosmetics and...

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

Nago Mayor demands the withdrawal of the Henoko plan to Foreign Minister, who is driving it as the site for the Futenma relocation

October 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 19, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba met with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall, and with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. He requested their understanding with regard to the plan to relocate the Futenma...

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

Defense Minister says Henoko environmental impact report will be submitted to Okinawa Governor and Nago Mayor before the end of the year

October 18, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa met with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, and then with Nago City Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. At these meetings, he explained that before the end of this year he intends...