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A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

A protest in its 16th year, and a teenager’s vision to “protect the future”

December 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Saki Yoshida

Henoko, Nago City—Every Saturday evening, the Peace Candle lights up near Camp Schwab to protest the construction of a new U.S. military base. November marked the 16th year for the Peace Candle protest, which was started by Takekiyo Toguchi, 63, and his family in 2004. Daughter Kazuki, 17, who has been lighting candles since she was two years old, is now a senior in high school. She’s more passionate than ever: “The environment...

 

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Extra – Kiyuna selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Men’s Karate Kata competition December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

December 1, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, 29, Ryueiryu-ryuhokai, along with two others, were the first to be selected to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Kata competition for Karate, a sport that was born in Okinawa and will be at the Olympics for the first time, after satisfying...

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

November 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “5th Fatty Pig International Conference” (hosted by the International Pork Research Society), a research conference that presents existing international research results for pork, was held November 27 at the Okinawa Gender Equality Center Tiruru in Naha....

Naha Airport’s second runway to open next year

Naha Airport’s second runway to open next year

November 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo, November 26—The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced this morning that the second runway under construction at Naha Airport will be operational starting March 26, 2020. A new air traffic control tower designed to accompany...

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

Committee of Seven symposium addresses need to share Okinawa’s voice, apathy by mainland Japanese toward Okinawa

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of November 21, a symposium titled “Questioning this nation from Okinawa–peace, the Constitution, and democracy” (sponsored by the Committee of Seven to Appeal for World Peace, co-sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo) for investigating the...

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization is formed to demand the return of over 219 Okinawan remains taken from Okinawa

November 24, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nirai Kanainu-kai organization (co-represented by Masako Kameya, Takeshi Tamaki, Shisei Toma, and Yasukatsu Matsushima) was launched November 23 to demand the return of remains that had been excavated from graves in Okinawa and Amami by anthropologists for...

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

November 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kubota, Okinawa City— On November 22, the Plaza House Shopping Center unveiled its newest additions: Roger’s Food Market, a food hall which features quality delicacies from around the world, and the Cinema Plaza House 1954, a mini-theater.

Plaza House...

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

A pastor who criticized U.S. military during High Commissioner inauguration during U.S. rule of Okinawa has 50-year anniversary with American missionary colleague. What did the two have to say about the current state of affairs in Okinawa?

November 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

William Elder, 92, who was sent as a missionary to the Okinawa Church of Christ by the United Church of Christ Japan from 1966-1969, prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, traveled to Okinawa from Osaka November 20 for a reunion with Pastor Osamu Taira, 87,...

Get out of your comfort zone – Taiwanese koshien player wins English speech contest

Get out of your comfort zone - Taiwanese <em>koshien</em> player wins English speech contest

November 22, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, high-school sophomore student Po-Han Chang won first place in division 1 (non-bilingual division) of the 29th Kyushu Regional English Speech Contest held in Fukuoka. Dreaming of playing in Japan’s national high-school baseball championship known...

Don’t miss this Christmas tree made of Ryukyu textiles this holiday season

Don’t miss this Christmas tree made of Ryukyu textiles this holiday season

November 14, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Bingata Preservation and Expansion Consortium (RBPC), a group working to spread and preserve traditional Ryukyu textiles is teaming with Okicom, a software developer, to install a Christmas tree at Naha Airport.

The tree will feature eight of Okinawa’s...

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

From U.S.-ruled Okinawa to Thursday Island, Senshu Arakawa, the dream-chasing Uchinanchu pearl diver from Motobu who braved harsh conditions in northern Australia, “wants to visit again while I am healthy”

November 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Ryota Nakamura

During U.S. rule of Okinawa in 1958, there were many Uchinanchu who went to Thursday Island in northern Australia with dreams of getting rich pearl diving.

Senshu Arakawa, 86, from Kenken, Motobu was one of them. The reality of a...