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International NGO visits Henoko and Takae and recommends to appeal on the world stage

International NGO visits Henoko and Takae and recommends to appeal on the world stage

January 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 15, Daisuke Shirane, member of the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), an international non-governmental organization devoted to eliminating discrimination through United Nations agencies, visited the planned relocation area for the Futenma Air Station, Henoko in Nago, and the planned new helipad construction area at Takae in Higashi Village. Shirane also met residents opposed to the construction of the...

 

Planting of rice begins on Ishigaki Island – the earliest in Japan

Planting of rice begins on Ishigaki Island - the earliest in Japan

January 17, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 15, the planting of rice commenced on Ishigaki Island, which is known as the top rice producing area in Okinawa. This is the earliest planting of rice anywhere in Japan. Atsushi Nakaarashiro a 75 year-old rice grower who produces koshihikari...

Aiming for the London Olympics – Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

Aiming for the London Olympics - Korean national football squad in camp at Onna

January 17, 2012 Takesaburo Koyama correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 6 to 10 at Akama Sports Park in Onna, 41 players for the Korean Olympic football squad went into a camp at which they made their final adjustments ahead of the Olympic Asian qualifying tournament. On January 6, a...

Complaints from local residents after six CH 46 helicopters fly over Ginowan City

Complaints from local residents after six CH 46 helicopters fly over Ginowan City

January 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, it was confirmed that six CH 46 helicopters that operate out of the United States Marine Corps Air Station Futenma flew in formation over an area of Ginowan City adjacent to the base. These helicopters are rarely known to fly in formation. The Ginowan...

”Good luck” shisa cheer up Fukushima at an exhibition in Koriyama

”Good luck” <em>shisa</em> cheer up Fukushima at an exhibition in Koriyama

January 17, 2012 Kiyoshi Ujiie of Ryukyu Shimpo

In attempt to offer encouragement to the people of Fukushima, who are worried about radioactivity from the nuclear accident following the Great East Japan Earthquake, 35 year-old shisa craftsman from Naha, Mitsuo Miyagi crafts shisa...

Hiwat from Suriname practices karate in Okinawa

Hiwat from Suriname practices karate in Okinawa

January 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sherus Hiwat from the Republic of Suriname in South America, who is traveling to learn five countries’ martial arts including Korean taekwondo, Muay Thai of Thailand and Chinese kung fu, came to Okinawa at the end of last September to study karate where it originated....

FEC to distribute its Funny tales about U.S. military bases in Okinawa on an on-demand video service

January 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 13, the Performance Corps FEC and C-POPTV commenced a dedicated channel on acTVila, a content-on-demand service, on which they began to distribute the Funny tales about U.S. military bases in Okinawa Part VI. FEC is going to distribute its...

Processing of sugarcane starts – lowest output since Okinawa’s reversion

Processing of sugarcane starts - lowest output since Okinawa's reversion

January 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the harvest season of sugarcane having started, on January 11, four sugar factories in Okinawa have started to haul in sugarcane for processing. This last year, because of the low temperatures at the beginning of spring, insufficient sunshine hours, frequent...

Air China begins service – four flights a week by two airlines

January 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, the maiden flight between Naha and Beijing operated by Air China, the most well known of Chinese airline companies, arrived at Naha Airport. The 141 passengers received commemorative gifts and bouquets of flowers in a welcome ceremony held at the...

Seikichi Tamanaha Exhibition gets underway

Seikichi Tamanaha Exhibition gets underway

January 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

An exhibition of the work of an Okinawan artist looking into the essence of beauty called “Pioneer of Okinawan modern sculpture, Seikichi Tamanaha Exhibition – traces of sculptures and paintings” is on at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum...

Night rainbow said to invite happiness photographed on Ishigaki Island

Night rainbow said to invite happiness photographed on Ishigaki Island

January 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of January 7, a night rainbow was observed at the Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory. A night rainbow is said to be a phenomenon that invites happiness. It was visible in the western sky looking from the Observatory, which is located at the summit...