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Dementia patients enjoy Uchinaguchi picture-card show

Dementia patients enjoy Uchinaguchi picture-card show

May 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of their therapy, a picture-card show in Uchinaguchi or Okinawan dialect was held at the dementia day-care center “Deigoen” for aged patients of the Amekudai Hospital in Naha, on May 26. Okinawan dialect newscaster of the Radio Okinawa Masakazu Itokazu read the fairy tale picture book entitled “The Frog’s tug of war,” which was written by a well-known printmaker and writer Hiroshi Gima from Okinawa. Laughter and happy comments rose...

 

Relocation of Tori Shima Range to Iwo-Tori-shima

Relocation of Tori Shima Range to Iwo-Tori-shima

May 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) announced that it is considering relocating the Tori Shima range used by the U.S. military (0.04 square kilometers, Kumejima Town) to Iwo-Tori-shima (2.5 square kilometers, Kumejima Town), located in the northernmost region of Okinawa....

Typhoon No.2 hits Okinawa with unusual ferocity, causing heavy damage

Typhoon No.2 hits Okinawa with unusual ferocity, causing heavy damage

May 31, 2011 Hiroko Sato of Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon No. 2 lashed the Okinawa area during the two days of May 28 and 29, causing extensive damage. A total of 68 injuries had been reported by May 30, including two people in a critical condition. According to prefectural government statistics, at...

The Ritz-Carlton expands its operation to Kise Bettei in Nago City

The Ritz-Carlton expands its operation to Kise Bettei in Nago City

May 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 24 it was reported that the forei Learn...

While on patrol a police sergeant arrests a large squid with some help from a friend

While on patrol a police sergeant arrests a large squid with some help from a friend

May 22, 2011 by Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 7:30am on May 18, when out on patrol Sergeant Sadao Yoshihara of the Tokashiki Village Police Station found a large squid, known as “sodeika” or diamond squid, floating alive in water about 50 centimeters deep...

Mongol800 eyes the Asian market

Mongol800 eyes the Asian market

May 24, 2011 by Takahiro Miyagi of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 18, Okinawan band Mongol800 released a new album entitled “Etcetera Works II” featuring a number of their songs released since 2009. The band arranged well-known songs from all over the globe such as “What a Wonderful World” and...

Asian media promotes Okinawan tourism, emphasizing its safety

Asian media promotes Okinawan tourism, emphasizing its safety

May 25, 2011 by Takashi Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Let’s travel to Okinawa.” The media in Asian countries and regions such as South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, appear to be actively promoting travel to Okinawa.
In the context of a decrease in tourists to Japan after Great...

Learning about a history fraught with hardship: public conference on Hansen’s disease held

Learning about a history fraught with hardship: public conference on Hansen’s disease held

May 21, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

Designed to foster a greater understanding of Hansen’s disease and to help eliminate prejudice and discrimination against those afflicted by it, “The 7th General and Exchange Gathering of Public Conference on Hansen’s Disease in Nago, Miyako Island,” was...

Local leaders around U.S. Kadena Airbase protest against parachute training

May 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 25, Chairwoman Mitsuko Tomon, mayor of Okinawa City, and other leaders of the Trilateral Liaison Council concerning U.S. Kadena Airbase met with Colonel David Nahom, commander of the 18th Operations Group, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base to protest against parachute...

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

Okinawa Woodpecker busily rearing its chicks

May 22, 2011 photo by Hiroaki Yamashiro, photographer of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Noguchigera or Okinawa woodpecker, designated as a special national treasure and found in the forests of the Yambaru in the northern part of Okinawa, has entered the fledging brood season.

Around midday on May...

Okinawan rum begins shipping to France

Okinawan rum begins shipping to France

May 24, 2011 by Seikaku Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 23, Yuko Kinjo, president of the Grace Rum Co., based at Minami Daito Village, shipped about 1000 bottles of rum to France for use in hotels and restaurants.

The company produces its rum from local sugar cane and sells it as a local...