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Okinawa governor asks new U.S. ambassador to reduce base burden on Okinawa

Okinawa governor asks new U.S. ambassador to reduce base burden on Okinawa

November 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima met U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for the first time on November 29 in Tokyo. The governor asked the U.S. Ambassador to resolve the Okinawa base issue, saying, “People feel that there is an undue burden of bases in Okinawa. I want you to work towards resolving the issue by taking the feelings of the Okinawan people into consideration.” He asked the ambassador to visit Okinawa, but did not mention the...

 

U.S. government to provide compensation payment to taxi driver robbed and injured by military servicemen

November 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Two U.S. military servicemen received prison sentences for robbing and injuring a taxi driver in Okinawa City in 2006. The U.S. government did not provide compensation to the victim for over four years. At first, they said that could not pay the victim if he...

Tanadui Festival for a good harvest held on Taketomi

<em>Tanadui</em> Festival for a good harvest held on Taketomi

November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 20, the Tanadui Festival, which dates back over 600 years and has been designated as an important intangible cultural heritage by the Japanese government, was held at the Yumuchi utaki (or sacred place) on Taketomi Island. Many tourists...

Blue frog found in the northern mountains a sign of a happy future?

Blue frog found in the northern mountains a sign of a happy future?

November 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Could this blue frog be related to the blue bird of happiness? Akira Oyama, an eco-tour guide of the Ogimi Marugoto Tourism Association, found a blue Okinawan tree frog (Rhacophorus viridis) in the mountains of the northern area of the main island on November...

Ten years of “Peace Candle” protests against building new U.S. military base in Henoko

Ten years of “Peace Candle” protests against building new U.S. military base in Henoko

November 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the U.S. and Japanese governments work on moving U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district in Nago, the “Peace Candle” gathering held on November 24 in protest against the building of a new base marked its tenth year. Every Saturday...

Naha Mayor Onaga comments on pressure from LDP for Henoko relocation

Naha Mayor Onaga comments on pressure from LDP for Henoko relocation

November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have put pressure on their Okinawa branch to accept the plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko in Nago. Referring to this at a press conference on November 20, Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga...

[Editorial]Nago mayor’s written opinion reveals injustices of Henoko landfill

November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Mayor of Nago has completed his draft statement of opinion on the government plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in Nago. In many as 23 pages of densely formatted text, one by one, the mayor carefully points out the irrational...

Okinawan pronunciation added in Kumiodori play script

Okinawan pronunciation added in <em>Kumiodori</em> play script

November 22, 2013 Ryukyu shimpo

Uchinaguchi (Okinawan language) has words that cannot be pronounced using the 50 Japanese syllabary. In this respect, the difficulty of using the Japanese writing system to read Uchinaguchi aloud has limited the spread of the language and passing...

Okinawa Shogaku wins Meiji Jingu baseball title

Okinawa Shogaku wins Meiji Jingu baseball title

November 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Shogaku High School won the 44th Meiji Jingu Baseball Tournament with a 3-1 upset victory over Nihonbunri High School in the final in Tokyo on November 20. Okinawa Shogaku represented the Kyushu area and Nihonbunri (Niigata Prefecture) the Hokushinetsu...

Shipping volume of kariyushi shirts expected to exceed 400,000 items in 2013

Shipping volume of kariyushi shirts expected to exceed 400,000 items in 2013

November 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The kariyushi shirt market remains strong. According to the Okinawa Clothing Sewing and Manufacturing Industrial Association, the shipping volume of these shirts from January to October totaled 398,413 items, which breaks the record of 385,965 set in...

Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

Oldest Okinawan earthenware found in Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City

November 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A representative of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced on November 21 that the oldest piece of Okinawan earthenware discovered to date has been found in the Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City. Carbon dating has identified it as a piece with the...