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Ginoza Village Association of Argentina celebrates the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina

April 29, 2014 Richard Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At the Okinawa Association Hall in Argentina, the Ginoza Village Association held a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of emigration to Argentina. The association also celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding.

About 400 local residents with family ties to Ginoza, as well as invitees, took part in the ceremony.

Fourteen participants from the village, including Mayor Atsushi Toma and the head of the Ginoza...

 

Orion Beer operating mega solar power plant

Orion Beer operating mega solar power plant

May 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three mega solar power plants, constructed by the Orion Beer company in Okinawa, have been switched on. On May 12, at the Orion Arashiyama Mega Solar Power Plant at Kogachi, Nago, the company held an opening and celebration. Orion Beer is the first food and beverage...

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team Ryukyu Golden Kings attracted 101,054 visitors in the year ending May 11 – a national record. According to a spokesperson of the team, which is a star team in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league”,...

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

Nago Mayor dismisses the idea of accelerating construction of the new U.S. military base in Henoko

May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government plans to begin within a year building a new U.S. military base in Henoko to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine addressed media gathered at the City Government Office on May 12. He said he opposed the plan...

Nago City asks the Okinawa Defence Bureau to resubmit applications for Henoko relocation

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 8, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine announced his municipal government had sent the Okinawa Defense Bureau a request for the resubmission of applications for occupancy of Henoko Port in Nago. As part of plans to move the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko,...

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of studies for a peace class, 120 pupils of Yomitan’s Furugenminami Elementary School visited the Okinawa International Peace Research Institute in Naha on May 2.

Taking notes, they looked at displays showing about 1500 photographs about the Battle...

Diving around Kerama Islands to be regulated

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Popular diving havens in the Kerama Islands will soon have a cap on the number of people allowed to visit.

On May 8, both Tokashiki and Zamami Villages decided to make diving companies regulate the number of people who could access the ocean area of Kerama...

Government to start Henoko landfill before gubernatorial election this fall

May 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government plans to fast-track the start of major landfill work for the replacement Futenma air base in Henoko, Nago to before this year’s prefectural election in November. Construction work on the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station was previously scheduled...

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

Okinawa-based game designer co-develops worldwide bestseller

May 6, 2014 Ken Sasaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

An Okinawa resident and game creator Ryo Agarie has co-developed a top-ranking smartphone game app, working from his home in Naha. Since it was sold this February, the Japanese-mythology themed puzzle game is currently first place out of 19 countries...

New harii boats launched in Itoman

New <em>harii</em> boats launched in Itoman

May 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A launching ceremony for three dragon boats built last October was held on April 27 at Itoman Fishing Port. Young people from Nishimura, Nakamura, and Niijima districts – Itoman’s long-established communities – poured rice and sacred sake on the boats...

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

Local company to sell its Ryukyu glass jewelry in Singapore

May 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Ryukyu glass company Rurian has begun selling its jewelry brand products at a select shop in Singapore as of the start of May. The company is working to sell its products in overseas markets with support from the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation. Rurian...