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Early Christmas presents for welfare institutions in Okinawa

December 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa branch of the Federation of Japan Confectionery Associations baked 260 Christmas cakes for welfare institutions in Okinawa on December 4. This was part of annual welfare projects supported by the Okinawa Prefecture Council of Social Welfare and Community.

About 400 confectioners and student members of the association gathered at the Okinawa Flour Milling Service Center in Naha. They decorated sponge cakes with butter cream and chocolate.

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245 people finish the 25th Ginowan Wheelchair Marathon

245 people finish the 25th Ginowan Wheelchair Marathon

December 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives Cup 25th Ginowan Wheelchair Marathon started from the Ginowan Seaside Park on December 8.

Fukuoka resident Sho Watanabe won the half marathon for the first time.
There were 249...

Argentine ants found where earth and sand is to be collected for Henoko reclamation work

Argentine ants found where earth and sand is to be collected for Henoko reclamation work

December 4, 2013 Hisao Tome of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to move the facilities at Futenma to Henoko in Nago, where they will reclaim land to build a new base. The Japanese government intends to use earth and sand from Yamaguchi Prefecture. On December 3 the...

Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

 Naha Mayor Onaga says “Fire burning for all Okinawans remains”

December 6, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

The Naha City Assembly began questioning the Naha Municipal Government on December 6 as the December round of regular meetings. On the issue of moving the facilities at Futenma to Henoko in Nago, Mayor Takeshi Onaga said, “Even in these difficult circumstances,...

Okinawa Governor separates approval of Henoko landfill from central government’s policy to promote Okinawan economy

December 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 8, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima talked about the plan to move the Futenma base to Henoko in Nago and the Japanese government’s policies to promote the Okinawan economy. He said, “These are completely separate issues.”

Nakaima...

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

Okinawa experiences cold weather, 11.6 C recorded in Oku

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the islands of Japan experienced a typical winter atmospheric pressure pattern in which high pressure lies to the west and low pressure to the east. This brought cold weather to the Okinawa region. At 8:16 a.m. that day the temperature went down...

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

Last alumni reunion of Japanese elementary school in the Philippines

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Calinan Elementary School for the children of Japanese immigrants in the Philippines brought an end to 41 years of reunions on November 22. Until it was closed because of the war the school was located in the Davao region of Mindanao in the southern Philippines,...

About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 29th Naha Marathon on December 1. The participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers through the southern part of Okinawa. They finished...

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

Yonaguni horse rescued from stranded cargo ship after 11 days

November 23, 2013 Rie Higashihama Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A one-and-a-half year-old Yonaguni horse was rescued safely from a freighter stranded on a reef near the northeastern part of Yonaguni Island in the afternoon of November 20. The horse had survived without eating or drinking...

Uma-harashi horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

<em>Uma-harashi</em> horse racing held in Okinawa Zoo & Museum

December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan traditional horse racing, known locally as uma-harashi, was held at the Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, Zoo & Museum in Okinawa City on December 1. Participants competed on the beauty of their running style and the accuracy of their rhythm. A total...

OCVB calls for improvement in translation and WiFi services in Okinawa

OCVB calls for improvement in translation and WiFi services in Okinawa

November 27, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has called upon Okinawa companies to improve their translated materials and public wireless network (WiFi). The bureau aims to enhance the level of hospitality provided for foreign tourists. As of...