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Criticism is growing in the United States regarding the safety of the Osprey

Criticism is growing in the United States regarding the safety of the Osprey

June 13, 2012 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

The lobby seeking to stop the procurement plan of the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft is becoming stronger in the United States. On May 17, Congressman Mike Quigley from Illinois put forward an amendment to cut defense funding for the Osprey in fiscal 2013. He pointed out that the Department of Defense had become a jobs program [for the Osprey] because 2000 companies supply parts for...

 

Shimauta live performance at the World Travel Fair 2012

<em>Shimauta</em> live performance at the World Travel Fair 2012

June 4, 2012 Ryota Kotani, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

From May 10 to 13, the World Travel Fair 2012 was held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in the Jingan district of Shanghai. Various countries and regions from around the world participated in the fair, running booths advertising...

Cyurabana creates and sells Okinawan tea in China

Cyurabana creates and sells Okinawan tea in China

June 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cyurabana, a company based in Okinawa City that plans and markets products made using Okinawan natural materials, has started selling raffiane tea made with no additives, using only the benifuki variety of Okinawan tea leaves, at a cafe in China’s Sichuan...

Hirayama catches a big bluefin tuna two years in a row

Hirayama catches a big bluefin tuna two years in a row

June 8, 2012 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2, Hiroyuki Hirayama, a hobby fisherman from Nagoya, Aichi, pulled in a bluefin tuna 2.53 meters (8 feet 4 inches) long and weighing 287.5 kilograms (634 pounds) when fishing off Kumejima Island. It was his second such catch...

Ryukyuan dishes without pork appeals to Muslim tourists

Ryukyuan dishes without pork appeals to Muslim tourists

June 8, 2012 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to attract foreign tourists from Islamic countries, collaborating with six hotels and restaurants in Okinawa, the Okinawa Tourist Service (OTS) drew up a project involving Ryukyuan dishes with Halal foods that Muslims are able to...

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

Kimura completes four-year circumnavigation of the world

June 10, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

A yacht named Fang, with four people including 65 year-old skipper Takeo Kimura on board, completed a four-year voyage around the world. Kimura, who currently lives in Kanagawa, left Kushiro Port in Hokkaido on June 4, 2008. On June 9, 2012, he brought the yacht...

DNA testing conducted on 28 sets of remains of war dead

DNA testing conducted on 28 sets of remains of war dead

May 31, 2012 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 30, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced that they had conducted DNA testing on 28 sets of remains of war dead from Okinawa Prefecture (one identified, 27 unidentified). The Ministry has been performing...

Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

Memorial for a Kamikaze pilot unveiled at Ogimi

May 27, 2012 Kyoko Ishii of Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 26, at the Rural Environment Improvement Center of Kijoka, Ogimi, the unveiling ceremony was held of a tanka inscription dedicated to Major Hiroshi Terauchi, a Kamikaze pilot who died during the battle of Okinawa. Tokyo resident 86 year-old...

Aquaculture production of estuary cod worth 120 million yen

Aquaculture production of estuary cod worth 120 million yen

June 3, 2012 Maki Nagamine of Ryuyku Shimpo

Cultivation of estuary cod (mibai in the Okinawan dialect), a fish well known for its high-grade white flesh, has been steadily increasing. The production volume for fiscal 2010 exceeded 80 tons, the highest level to date, and the return...

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

Shoji and Akira Yoshimi grow Okinawa pines in Kagoshima for the last 40 years

May 29, 2012 Ikue Nakaima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In Kagoshima City, there are four Okinawa pines (Pinus luchuensis) growing beside a road with a view of Sakurajima. Kagoshima resident Shoji Yoshimi, who has looked after these pine trees for 40 years, decided to hand on the baton to his son Akira...

Thirteen year-old girl selected to perform in Peaceful Love Rock Festival

Thirteen year-old girl selected to perform in Peaceful Love Rock Festival

June 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of June 2, at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City, the final audition was held for bands performing at the 30th Peaceful Love Rock Festival and a 13 year-old girl from Okinawa City, Sakura Ishado was selected. She will be the youngest performer...