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Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

Excitement around 43-ton giant rope

October 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of October 9, the 41st Naha Ozunahiki or Naha Giant Tug-of-War, which was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rope in 1997, was held at Kumoji intersection on Route 58 in Naha City. The event was organized by the Office of the Conservation Society of the Naha Giant Tug-of-War.

The organizers announced that a total of 275000 people came to the event. The people by the rope pulled with all...

 

40th anniversary coin of Okinawa’s reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

40th anniversary coin of Okinawa's reversion will be issued with a full-color Shuri Castle design

October 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Finance has announced the designs of the 1000 and 500-yen coins for Okinawa prefecture as commemorative coins to mark the 60th anniversary of the enforcement of the Local Autonomy Act. Both coins will mark next year’s 40th anniversary of Okinawa’s...

Futenma helicopters’ routine operations significantly extended beyond limits of their flight path

Futenma helicopters’ routine operations significantly extended beyond limits of their flight path

October 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the Okinawa Defense Bureau released the results of a survey conducted from January 1, 2010 until March 31, 2011 on the flight activities of rotary-wing craft based in the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. Many helicopter flight activities went...

Okinawan telecommunications firm sells Taiwanese smartphone

Okinawan telecommunications firm sells Taiwanese smartphone

October 7, 2011 Fumiaki Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 6, the telecommunications firm, InetJapan Co. Ltd. (Naha City, President Kunihiko Oroku) formed a capital alliance involving cross-shareholding with the Karasawa Solar (Taiwan) Corporation of Taiwan (President Shen Yen Shih), which...

Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

Plaintiffs of Futenma helicopter roar suit call for more residents to put their hands up

October 6, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs of the Futenma helicopter roar suit, led by Zenji Shimada, held a press conference in Ginowan City on October 5 in which they called for residents living around the air station to join them in preparing a second lawsuit next March to eliminate noise...

Relocating U.S. Marines outside of Okinawa entails no significant loss of operational effectiveness

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an essay published in the September/October 2011 issue of Foreign Affairs, an American magazine and website focusing on international relations and U.S. foreign policy, Senior Political Scientist Eric Heginbotham and Associate Political Scientist Ely Ratner...

Senjuko – confectionary of the Ryukyu Dynasty is restored

<em>Senjuko</em> - confectionary of the Ryukyu Dynasty is restored

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

For the first time in three decades, Ryukyuan traditional sweets called senjuko have been recreated and sold by the Chinsuko Hompo Arakaki Kashiten (a confectionery company) that has its head office in Shuri, Naha City. The thing that brought this about...

New Zealand researchers working on the English translation of Senka o Horu for publication in the United States

New Zealand researchers working on the English translation of Senka o Horu for publication in the United States

October 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mark Ealey, a 54 year-old translator and researcher who resides in Christchurch, New Zealand, arrived in Okinawa on September 30 on the Japan Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program. He is translating the series of articles published under the title of Senka...

Closing ceremony of 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival – 31000 participants vow to continue exchange and to come together again

Closing ceremony of 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival - 31000 participants vow to continue exchange and to come together again

October 16, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the evening of October 16, the closing ceremony of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was held in spectacular fashion at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha City. A total of about 31000 people – Uchinanchu from overseas, other prefectures...

One heart Uchinanchu at the opening ceremony of 5th Worldwide Festival

One heart <em>Uchinanchu</em> at the opening ceremony of 5th Worldwide Festival

October 13, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kicking off a four-day schedule of events, the opening ceremony of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was held in the evening of October 13 at Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha City. In his greeting speech on behalf of the organizers, Governor of Okinawa...

6000 people come together from across the globe, enjoy samba and hula in a parade in Kokusai Street

6000 people come together from across the globe, enjoy samba and hula in a parade in Kokusai Street

October 12, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Several thousand people from 23 countries and two regions who came to participate in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival marched in matching regional and national costumes in a parade in Kokusai Street in Naha City, at 4:00pm on October 12. Brazilian...