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A-Sign Story: Enthusiastic depiction of Okinawan Rock

A-Sign Story: Enthusiastic depiction of Okinawan Rock

April 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “A-Sign Story,” about the evolution of Okinawan rock music, was performed at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City on the night of April 8.

The performance was delivered as an Ongakugeki, an alternative form of musical in which the singing and dancing is separated from the acting. The show covers the unique background of Okinawan rock music, which developed out of what were referred to “A-Sign bars” – U.S. military government...

 

Nerpai: Charm against Tsunami

Nerpai: Charm against Tsunami

April 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Nerpai,” a traditional Ryukyuan ritual in which people pray for a good harvest and set up charms against tsunami, was carried out in Miyakojima City on April 12.

The citizens of two villages, Sunagawa and Tomori, took part in the ritual. Local women...

Automobile Maintenance Factory carries out a gasoline to electric-powered vehicle conversion

Automobile Maintenance Factory carries out a gasoline to electric-powered vehicle conversion

April 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
Nagamine Automobile Maintenance Factory, headed by Akira Nagamine, succeeded in converting a gasoline-driven vehicle to one powered by electricity, which was then registered and given a number plate.
This is the first time in Okinawa that an automobile maintenance...

Oldest Iriomote wildcat dies aged 15 years one month

Oldest Iriomote wildcat dies aged 15 years one month

April 12, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo.

Taketomi on Iriomote Island: “Yon,” a male Iriomote wildcat raised for about 14 years and eight months in the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center run by the Ministry of the Environment, died at 1:59pm on April 9. His estimated age of 15 years...

Exciting event for fishing fans

Exciting event for fishing fans

April 12, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The 2011 Fishing Trade Show was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City in Okinawa on April 9 and 10, with 72 companies related to fishing and boat manufacturing participating from Okinawa and further afield. Many fishing fans came to get a chance...

MCAS Futenma Relocation Issue

MCAS Futenma Relocation Issue

Fifteen years on since the Futenma agreement between US and Japan – “Level of risk to residents unchanged.”
April 12, 2011 by Teppei Ikeda, Ryukyu Shimpo.

Ginowan City – 15 years have passed since Japan and the United States agreed that the Marine Corps...

Cornerstone of Peace Memorial: Seimei Festival to pray for war dead

Cornerstone of Peace Memorial: Seimei Festival to pray for war dead

April 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 9, during the Seimei Festival, in which Okinawan people hold a memorial service for their ancestors, the fourth Cornerstone of Peace Memorial Seimei Festival for the souls of war dead whose names are engraved on the marble tablets at Mabuni was held at...

Okinawa AMICUS International School opens

Okinawa AMICUS International School opens

April 7, 2010 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa AMICUS International School (AMICUS) was opened in Enobi, Uruma-City, Okinawa on April 7.

AMICUS will accept children of researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), which is scheduled to open in the 2012 academic year....

Japan Earthquake Long journey to recover from such a devastating catastrophe

Japan Earthquake Long journey to recover from such a devastating catastrophe

April 4, 2011, by Hideki Matsudo, staff writer of Ryukyu Shimpo, in Miyagi Prefecture

The catastrophe in northeastern Japan has inflicted the worst damage on the country since the end of World War II. Now scarred by the earthquake and tsunami, Miyagi Prefecture is home to many people from Okinawa....

“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant

“Miyu will be back with a cheerful smile on her face” Waiting in the United States for a heart transplant

April 6 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo.

Miyu Kaname, a 13 year-old girl attending Kamimori Junior High School in Urasoe City in Okinawa, is afflicted with restrictive cardiomyopathy, for which the only treatment is a heart transplant. After arriving in the United States at around 1:15 am Japanese time...

Review of school textbooks – greater transparency needed

April 4, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has announced the results of screening of junior high school history textbooks to be used from the 2012 academic year. However, doubts remain as to whether the content adequately covers the...