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“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 on April 6, she is now waiting in New York for a donor to be found. She is scheduled to go into New York’s Columbia University Hospital for several days before moving to housing to wait for a donor.

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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...

Junior High School art textbook introduces the work of Yuken Teruya

Junior High School art textbook introduces the work of Yuken Teruya

March 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Publishing company Nihon Bunkyo Shuppan has introduced “Color The World,” an artwork by Yuken Teruya, in a junior high school art textbook.

Originally from Haebaru, Okinawa, Yuken Teruya now resides in New York City.

His artwork “Color The World”...

2012 Textbooks: All seven refer to “group suicide”

March 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 30, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announced the screening results for junior high school textbooks to be used from the 2012 academic year.

With regard to the description of the battle of Okinawa in history textbooks,...

Kinkomokuzetsu: Column

March 31, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

According to Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Miyagi Prefecture, false rumors are being spread through the areas stricken by Great East Japan Earthquake. The rumors are to the effect that, “Chinese are stealing relief supplies,” “Sex crimes are occurring...

OPG opens “antenna shop” to promote Okinawan sweets and seafood in Shanghai Province

OPG opens “antenna shop” to promote Okinawan sweets and seafood in Shanghai Province

March 30, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has set up a second “antenna shop” called “Wasabi” (meaning beauty and peace) in Shanghai Province, China. The concept behind “antenna shops” is to promote the produce of a certain region, and this...

“The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival” Pre-Event: Global Next Generation Project

“The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival” Pre-Event: Global Next Generation Project

March 27, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The “Global Next Generation Project,” the pre-event of the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, was held in the hall of University of the Ryukyus on March 26.

During the event, local Okinawan students who have experienced exchanges with people of Okinawan...

Awamori shipments decrease for 6 consecutive years

March 24, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association, headed by Takeshi Sakumoto, announced figures on shipments of Awamori for 2010 on March 20.

Total shipment quantity of 22180 kiloliters was down 5.2% on the previous year, the sixth consecutive annual decrease....

Relocation of Futenma facilities within Okinawa impossible

March 24, 2011. Ryukyu Shimpo

The Upper House Budget Committee, headed by Takeshi Maeda, held a public hearing on “Foreign and Security Policy” on March 23. During the hearing, Ukeru Magosaki, former Director General of the Intelligence and Analysis Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

Extending a helping hand to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

“Laugh & Peace Festival” starts in Okinawa

March 19, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 3rd International Okinawa Film Festival, sponsored by the Festival Executive Committee, was held at Ginowan Tropical Beach in Okinawa, on March 23. Held under the banner:...

Kick ass – Goat-fighting at the Katsuyama Flower Festival

Kick ass – Goat-fighting at the Katsuyama Flower Festival

March 16, 2011, Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 12, many people came to enjoy a goat-fighting, or Hijaorase (Okinawan dialect) event, held annually at the Katsuyama Community Center, Nago City, in the northern part in Okinawa. Two goats butted each other violently in a ring approximately six...