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Japan wins the Men’s Team Kata at the Karate World Championships

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryo Kiyuna, Arata Kinjo, and Takuya Uemura from Ryueiryu-Ryuhoukai defeated France 5-0 in the championship round of the team Kata to win the first gold medal for Japan since two competitions ago on October 30, the final day of the Karate World Championships held in Linz, Australia. The previous day, Kiyuna also took the gold for the individual Kata, defeating the Spanish representative 5-0 for his second straight championship, taking home two titles in total....

 

Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution of protest against discriminatory remarks by riot police

Prefectural Assembly adopts resolution of protest against discriminatory remarks by riot police

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning on October 28 the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opened an extraordinary session in response to the riot police at the protest sites for helipad construction in the Northern Training Area using terms such as dojin (aborigines) and shinajin (Sina...

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

Uchinanchu Festival Closing Ceremony saw 15,395 enthusiastically carry on Okinawa’s spirit

October 31, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, the Closing Ceremony and Grand Finale of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival were held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha in Naha City, and the festival drew to a close. 15,395 people attended the Closing Ceremony from overseas, other parts of Japan,...

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 27 in Tokyo, an award ceremony for the Towa Futurists Awards, which recognizes individuals and groups that have consistently engaged in grass-roots peace activities, was held. The award winners are two individuals and one group: Kiku Nakayama, president...

Japan asks Supreme Court to dismiss Okinawa’s appeal against ruling made by Fukuoka High Court on Henoko lawsuit

Japan asks Supreme Court to dismiss Okinawa’s appeal against ruling made by Fukuoka High Court on Henoko lawsuit

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa prefectural government recently appealed the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court’s ruling that Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s cancellation of approval to reclaim land in Henoko, Nago City was “illegal.” The Japanese government submitted...

Dugong not seen since 2015, possibly due to impact of Oura Bay construction

Dugong not seen since 2015, possibly due to impact of Oura Bay construction

October 27, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, it was learned that the dugong, a natural monument of Japan, has not been observed in Oura Bay since January 2015. The Okinawa Defense Bureau sunk large concrete blocks into the sea off the coast of Henoko, Nago City around that time, and nature...

13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

13,587 people attend the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival from around the world

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival took place at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha on October 27, kicking off the four-day festival. A total of 13,587 people attended the opening ceremony. The festival lasted until October 30 and...

Rainbow in night sky drawing arch of happiness captured in Ishigaki

Rainbow in night sky drawing arch of happiness captured in Ishigaki

October 18, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The national Ishigaki Island astronomical observatory succeeded in capturing images of a rainbow that appeared in the moonlight at 7 p.m. on October 16. The astronomical observatory explained the occurrence as “a rare phenomenon that requires a dark night...

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

Young attendees to the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival visit and study Henoko and Takae

October 25, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 24, young people of Okinawan heritage in their 20s and 30s from countries around the world visited places shaken by military base issues, namely the ocean at Henoko and the woods in Takae, prior to the opening of the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival...

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

Hawaii’s Ige tells Onaga he is inspired by great participation from abroad in Uchinanchu Festival

October 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

Governor of Hawaii David Ige visited Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Prefectural Office in the evening on October 26 during his trip to Okinawa to attend the 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival. The two confirmed that Okinawa and Hawaii will continue...

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

3973-Person Karate demonstration breaks Guinness World Record at anniversary festival on Kokusai Street

October 24, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Karate Guinness World Record was attempted at the “Karate Day Anniversary Demonstration Festival,” on Kokusai Street in Naha, October 23. A simultaneous demonstration of 3973 people was formally recognized by adjudicators, setting a new Guinness World Record....