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Statue of Ryukyu Uminchu to be erected in Taiwan

Statue of Ryukyu <em>Uminchu</em> to be erected in Taiwan

July 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The association (Chairman Masajiro Nashiro) dedicated to the project is now working to erect a Ryukyu Uminchu (fishermen) statue at Keelung, Taiwan.
Since about 1905 Okinawan fishermen had a presence in Keelung, Taiwan, where they formed a community known as the “Ryukyu village.” They actively interacted with the locals and it is said that they taught local fishermen their methods of catching marlin. Elderly residents still remember their feelings...

 

Deciphering the coral genome for the first time

July 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Marine Genomics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST, Onna Village) succeeded for the first time in deciphering the genome of Acropora digitifera, a coral that inhabits the seas around Okinawa Prefecture.
On July 24, the Unit published...

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

Okinawan student wins top prize in art contest in Florida

July 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Shogaku High School (Naha City) second year student Hitomi Uezu (17 years-old) has won the top prize in an art contest in Florida.
When in Florida as an exchange student at Jensen Beach High School on a scholarship program supported by the Okinawa Prefectural...

U.S. flight activities still causing difficulties for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting around Futenma Air Station

U.S. flight activities still causing difficulties for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting around Futenma Air Station

July 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Residents living around the United States Marine Corps Air Station (USMCAS) Futenma in Ginowan City still have poor reception of terrestrial digital broadcasting due to flight activities. According to a survey that the Okinawa Defense Bureau conducted last year,...

Club Med plans to fly 20 charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki from December to next February

July 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 22, Chairman of Ishigaki City Tourism Association Yasuhiro Miyahira held a press conference at which he announced that Club Med, which operates hotels and other businesses in the city, plans to have charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki. There will...

Okinawa takes first place among the best places to travel to in Japan

July 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, the Jalan Research Center (JRC), which belongs to the travel division of RECRUIT CO., LTD. announced the results of the “Jalan Travel and Accommodation Survey 2011.”
Okinawa won two awards in seven categories of Japan’s best places to...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and Tainan City Council cooperate to promote Agricultural exchange

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and Tainan City Council cooperate to promote Agricultural exchange

July 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, a delegation from the Tainan City Council, Taiwan, visited the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly to meet with its chairman Zenshin Takamine. Both parties confirmed that they will promote exchange in the fields of economics, specifically focusing on agriculture.

Council...

Picture books about Himeyuri and Zuisen students published

Picture books about <em>Himeyuri</em> and <em>Zuisen</em> students published

July 20, 2011 Eriko Tamaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

Two picture books have been published that tell the story of female high school students who joined nursing units in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa. They are the Himeyuri Picture Book (Himeyuri Alumnae Incorporated...

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

Two endangered species flower inconspicuously up in the northern mountain area

July 20, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nago City resident Toshiko Miyagi recently confirmed that the endangered species Kashinokiran or Gastrochilus japonicus, which is on the vulnerable (VU) category II Red List of the Ministry of the Environment and the Okinawa Prefectural Government,...

Singer UA sings for the Takae helipad campaign

Singer UA sings for the Takae helipad campaign

July 19, 2011 Naoki Isa

Japanese singer-songwriter UA gave a small concert at the debriefing session held at a farmer training facility in Higashi Village on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the commencement of the sit-in protest by the “Residents Association Against the Helipad...

Eight thousand people enjoy cuisine and culture on “Okinawa Day” in London

Eight thousand people enjoy cuisine and culture on “Okinawa Day” in London

July 18, 2011 Emiko Morita correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The 3rd Okinawa Day, sponsored by the Okinawa Sanshin Association of London and the Okinawa Kenjin-Kai of the United Kingdom, was held in Spitalfields, in central London on June 25. According to a spokesperson for the...