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Resort Weddings decrease to 3541 couples in Okinawa, down 10.5%

Resort Weddings decrease to 3541 couples in Okinawa, down 10.5%

September 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to figures released by the Cultural Tourism and Sports Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) on September 15, the number of couples who held wedding ceremonies in resort hotels and other facilities in Okinawa decreased by 10.5% (415 couples) in the first half of 2011 (from January to June) in comparison with the same period of the previous year. There have been many cancellations or postponements of such bookings after the Great...

 

Ex-U.S. Japan desk diplomat reported that Yonaguni Island could become a hub for mine countermeasure operations

September 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to U.S. official telegrams disclosed by WikiLeaks, following the visit of two mine-countermeasure vessels of the U.S. Navy in Japan to Sonai Port, a civilian port on Yonaguni Island on...

Number of Okinawa’s centenarians up to 920

September 14, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 13, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Welfare and Health announced the number of people now aged 100 years or more and the list of the oldest people in the prefecture.

As of September 15, there were 920 centenarians, down two from the...

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

Newspaper ad opposing relocation of Futenma Air Station within Okinawa put on New York Times website

September 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

From September 21 to 22, volunteers from citizen groups opposing the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to Henoko put a newspaper advertisement in the international news section of New York Times electronic edition, the most popular American online newspaper...

Okinawa Governor denies a Japan-U.S. deal on U.S. military realignment package

Okinawa Governor denies a Japan-U.S. deal on U.S. military realignment package

September 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of September 19, at George Washington University in Washington DC, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima delivered a lecture on the Futenma relocation issue.

During the question and answer period after his lecture, when he was asked about...

Chinese investors interested in the tourism industry visit Okinawa

Chinese investors interested in the tourism industry visit Okinawa

September 21, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Chinese delegation, including representatives of the China Investment Association and investment-related companies visited the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) Office on September 20 to exchange views with the people responsible for industry policy, industrial...

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

<Respect for the Aged Day>Ninety year-old Oshiro has lived with kasuri splash-pattern textile in a straight line for 77 years

September 19, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sitting on a weaving machine by the window where she can look out over a patch of loofah gourds, 90 year-old Toshi Oshiro of the Motobu district of Haebaru Town works away skillfully adding kasuri splash-patterns to the textile. She is still actively engaged...

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

Itoman tug-of-war held to pray for abundance and fertility

September 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
 
On August 15 in the old lunar calendar or September 12 in the modern calendar, harvest festivals to pray for a good year were held throughout the prefecture. In the Itoman district of Itoman City, Itoman Ozunahiki, one of the three grand tugs-of-war...

Okinawa Governor travels to the United States to demand the relocation of Futenma Air Station out of the prefecture

Okinawa Governor travels to the United States to demand the relocation of Futenma Air Station out of the prefecture

September 20, 2011

“The Okinawa Question: Regional Security, the U.S.-Japan Alliance and Futenma (hosted by the Okinawa Question U.S.-Japan Action Committee)”, an international symposium in which key figures from the United States and Japan discuss the issue of the U.S. military bases...

Japan marks six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake

Japan marks six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake

September 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 11, to mark six months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, a protest march against nuclear power plants entitled “9.11 Anger in Fukushima March,” was held in an open area...

Okinawan fishermen terrified to have guns pointed toward them by U.S. warships near White Beach

September 11, 2011 Kenyu Uchima of Ryukyu Shimpo

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in the waters provided for military use near White Beach in the Katsuren district, Uruma City, United States warships have pointed their deck guns toward local fishing vessels passing close by....