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Article on CNN website advocates that U.S. Marines in Okinawa be moved to the United States

Article on CNN website advocates that U.S. Marines in Okinawa be moved to the United States

November 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Rethink U.S. military base plans for Japan,” an article co-written by Mike Mochizuki, professor at George Washington University specializing in U.S.-Japan relations and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at Brookings specializing in U.S. security and defense policy, was published on the website of Cable News Network (CNN) on November 4.
Mochizuki and O’Hanlon cast doubts on the possibility of relocation of Futenma Air Base to Henoko in Nago,...

 

Fuzhou and Naha celebrate the 30th anniversary of their friendship

Fuzhou and Naha celebrate the 30th anniversary of their friendship

November 5, 2011 Yukinao Chinen of Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, the members of the “Wings for Friendship between Fuzhou and Naha” delegation led by Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga arrived in Fuzhou to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the signing of a friendly-relationship between the two cities....

Inaugural A-lunch Championship held in Okinawa City.

Inaugural A-lunch Championship held in Okinawa City.

November 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, at the Koza Sports Park in Okinawa City, “The First Koza A-lunch Competition” (hosted by Okinawa City Restaurant Business Association) was held to select the most popular “A-lunch,” a typical lunch menu in Okinawan restaurants. Eight...

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

November 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced numbers confirmed at the end of November 1 for accidents on roads involving Yanbarukuina or Okinawa rails and Ryukyu long-haired rats. The figures released represent...

Koshiki Gyoretsu held at Shurijo Castle Park

<em>Koshiki Gyoretsu</em> held at Shurijo Castle Park

November 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3, at Shurijo Castle Park and on a nearby road in Naha, the 46th Ryukyu Kingdom Festival was held by Shuri Promotion Association. Many people turned out to see this year’s Koshiki Gyoretsu (Traditional Procession).

The Koshiki...

Orion Breweries Ltd. achieves twice its sales goal in Hong Kong within six months

Orion Breweries Ltd. achieves twice its sales goal in Hong Kong within six months

November 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries Ltd., (Urasoe City, President Yoshio Kadekaru) had sold 6250 cases (52.2 kiloliters) of 350ml canned Orion draft beer in Hong Kong as of September 2011. These figures are more than twice the year’s sales target of 3000 cases and were achieved...

Bat causes outage for 2700 households in the Gushikawa area

November 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 at 7:36pm, a bat came in contact with an electric wire in Nishihara, Uruma City, causing a temporary outage for up to 2700 households centered on the Gushikawa area of Uruma City. According to the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC), the supply...

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

Ryukyu Dynasty Parade held in Kokusai Street as part of the Shurijo Castle Festival

October 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 30, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival, a Royal Procession replicating a scene on a Ryukyu Dynasty picture scroll was held in Kokusai Street in Naha. The splendor and beauty of the parade fascinated local people and tourists...

World’s longest habu snake

World's longest habu snake

November 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 31, the Okinawa Prefectural Institute of Health and Environment in the city of Nanjo put the world’s longest habu on display to the public. It is 2.42 meters long and weighs around 2.9 kilograms.
The previous record was 2.41 meters for a specimen...

Unexploded ordnance and human bones found at Kuniyoshi Ward in Itoman City

October 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

By October 24, a worker carrying out a magnetic survey in farmland in Kuniyoshi Ward in Itoman City as part of the nation’s broad-scale excavation project had found approximately 100 items of unexploded ordnance thought to be from the former Imperial Japanese...

Okigeiren kicks off its European tour in Paris, enchanting audiences

Okigeiren kicks off its European tour in Paris, enchanting audiences

October 30, 2011 Rika Ishikawa of Ryukyu Shimpo

On the afternoon of October 28, the Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts Association, or Okigeiren (chaired by Choichi Terukina), commenced its “Ryukyuan Traditional Arts – Three European Countries” tour at the Japan Cultural Institute...