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Okinawan business community expresses concern about Prime Minister Noda’s announcement of participation in TPP-related talks

November 12 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 11, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda officially announced that Japan will participate in talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP).
Many people in the Okinawan business community expressed concern about Japan’s participation in the TPP talks, saying, “Participation in these talks will have a serious impact on the Okinawan economy. It will destroy Okinawan agriculture.” However, but at the same time, some had...

 

24000 year-old human remains discovered at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins in Ishigaki City

24000 year-old human remains discovered at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins in Ishigaki City

November 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Twenty four thousand year-old human remains have been freshly discovered at the Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins in Ishigaki City. Previously, the oldest find from these ruins were 20000 year-old human bones dating back to the Paleolithic era. Physical anthropologist,...

Wedding in Nanjo City carried out as a regional promotion

Wedding in Nanjo City carried out as a regional promotion

November 11, 2011 Yukiyo Zaha of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, Shinnosuke Imazu, the leader of the NPO xBridge, a group involved in the administration of the Nanjo Citizens’ College, and his bride Yumiko, held their civil wedding at the Chinen Social Welfare Center in Nanjo City as part...

Number of refugees from Fukushima to Okinawa on the rise

Number of refugees from Fukushima to Okinawa on the rise

November 11, 2011 Kiyoshi Ujiie of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of evacuees coming to Okinawa from Fukushima Prefecture is still growing despite eight months having passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. According to the Prefectural Disaster Prevention and Crisis Management Division,...

Miyu returns home with a smile after being away for seven months with her heart transplant operation

Miyu returns home with a smile after being away for seven months with her heart transplant operation

November 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 8, 13 year-old Miyu Kaname, a 2nd grade student of Kamimori Junior High School in Urasoe, arrived at Narita Airport with her family after having been away from Japan for seven months. Diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, she underwent a heart...

Nago mayor prepared to go on his own visit to the United States in January

Nago mayor prepared to go on his own visit to the United States in January

November 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a routine press conference held on November 7, with regard to making a direct request to the United States Government to relocate the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station outside of the prefecture, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said, “If I cannot visit the United...

Specialist explains post-traumatic stress disorder from the Battle of Okinawa

Specialist explains post-traumatic stress disorder from the Battle of Okinawa

November 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, at the Mawashi branch of JA-Okinawa in Naha, a public lecture entitled “Following mental trauma from the Battle of Okinawa” was held by the Society for Research on Mental Health in the Battle of Okinawa. Ryoji Aritsuka, a doctor of psychosomatic...

Relocation of U.S. Marines in Okinawa to the United States is the logical option

November 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two American researchers, Mike Mochizuki and Michael O’Hanlon, have contributed an article to the website of CNN, America’s major cable news network, in which they advocate the relocation of the U.S. Marines in Okinawa to the United States.
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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...

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...