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“A day of restoring pride as human beings”–naming and present-day significance of Koza riot debated at 50th anniversary symposium

“A day of restoring pride as human beings”--naming and present-day significance of Koza riot debated at 50th anniversary symposium

December 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Koza Riot on December 20 approaches, the Okinawa Asia International Peace Art Project 2020 Steering Committee and the Ryukyu Shimpo held a “Symposium for Asking Questions on the 50th Anniversary of the Koza Riot” on December 13 at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumizaki, Naha. Speakers Masaie Ishihara (Okinawa International University professor emeritus), Shoko Oshiro (Okinawa International University part-time...

 

Yomitan requests Defense Bureau access to place of worship located on U.S. military base

Yomitan requests Defense Bureau access to place of worship located on U.S. military base

December 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 1, Shokichi Yokota, chair of the Yomitan Village Makibaru Community Association, Kantoku Teruya, member of the House of Representatives, and Yomitan Village Mayor Denjitsu Ishimine, visited the Okinawa Defense Bureau Director-General...

Shuri Castle, Seifa-Utaki, and others: 20 years since the UNESCO World Heritage List inscription

Shuri Castle, Seifa-Utaki, and others: 20 years since the UNESCO World Heritage List inscription

November 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nov 30 marks the 20th anniversary since nine sites throughout Okinawa were added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List as: “Gusuku and Related Heritage Sites of the Kingdom of Ryukyu.” The heritage...

300 stories of the Ikema people from Miyakojima captured in publication released by Ikema Cultural Association

300 stories of the Ikema people from Miyakojima captured in publication released by Ikema Cultural Association

November 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – “That old man boasts of being the strongest on the island.” “That old woman has the most exquisite singing voice.” The Ikema Culture Association (Tetsuya Kawakami, president) has published Sumabitu Retsuden (tales of the townspeople), a...

Deck barge enters Oura Bay in Henoko in effort to speed up land reclamation work

Deck barge enters Oura Bay in Henoko in effort to speed up land reclamation work

December 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Around 8:00 a.m. a large-scale deck barge for storing soil for use in land reclamation work entered Oura Bay in Henoko, Nago City where Futenma Replacement Facility construction is moving forward. The deck barge was led to the bay by a tugboat,...

Taro Kono wants to raise Okinawa out of their position of Japan’s worst per-capita income “up to 46th while I am in office,” plans to review current economic policies “by the numbers”

Taro Kono wants to raise Okinawa out of their position of Japan’s worst per-capita income “up to 46th while I am in office,” plans to review current economic policies “by the numbers”

December 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Taro Kono, the Minister of State for Administrative Reform and Okinawa, met with representatives from economic organizations as well as the mayors of Okinawa’s towns and cities in Naha on December 5, after arriving in Okinawa the previous evening,...

Support Sarah Sensei’s cancer treatment: citizens call for support of contributor to Nago’s English education

Support Sarah Sensei’s cancer treatment: citizens call for support of contributor to Nago’s English education

December 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Nago – Hawaii-native Sarah Kobayashi has been teaching English to people in Nago, Okinawa for close to five years as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) and an instructor of English conversation classes. Now, students (represented by Yumiko Baba)...

Umbrellas ‘bloom’ in December skies: Expect more gloom and rain next week

Umbrellas ‘bloom’ in December skies: Expect more gloom and rain next week

December 10, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Okinawa region has been experiencing cloudy skies since the beginning of December. The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory expects more cloudy and rainy days than usual for about a month between December 5 and January 4, 2021. The sunshine duration...

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

December 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Dave Roberts, manager of the 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a second-generation Okinawan born in Okinawa, has sent a message to Okinawa Prefecture stating, “Being an Okinawan is something I consider important.” The message was...

Professor Matsushima makes a statement at the U.N. demanding universities return Okinawan ancestral remains

Professor Matsushima makes a statement at the U.N. demanding universities return Okinawan ancestral remains

December 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 1, Professor Yasukatsu Matsushima of Ryukoku University presented a statement before the United Nations. In the statement, he sought the repatriation of ancestral remains removed from Okinawa in 1928-1929 by researchers at the former...

Symposium in Tokyo on how to convey spirit of Okinawa: “cannot rely on conventional model” and “must encourage understanding of diversity”

Symposium in Tokyo on how to convey spirit of Okinawa: “cannot rely on conventional model” and “must encourage understanding of diversity”

November 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) On November 21, the “Peaceful Symposium,” organized by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, was held at the Tokyo International Forum to convey the “spirit of Okinawa” and its wish for peace to all of Japan. At the panel discussion, one panelist...