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Ancient letter from Shimazu to Ryukyu king found in Ehime

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 13, a letter sent from Yoshihisa Shimazu, a Satsuma warlord, to Sho Nei, king of the Ryukyu Kingdom was discovered in an old house in Iyo City, Ehime Prefecture , according to Kyodo News. The letter was a request to send envoys, celebrating Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s subjugation of the Kanto region.

The letter is known as the 1950 “Shimounake County Public Office Preserved Document” (Ancient documents related to Ehime Prefecture from the Meiji...

 

Whale couple dance in Tokashiki

Whale couple dance in Tokashiki

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideaki Yoneda

Yuriko Nishiura, the manager of a local diving shop in Tokashiki Village, managed to snap a photograph of humpback whales breeding under the water. She saw the whale couple moving their tail fins. Nishiura said, “I managed to catch...

Yunapachiku shelter monument built to commemorate history of forced mass suicide in Ie Island

Yunapachiku shelter monument built to commemorate history of forced mass suicide in Ie Island

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 12, an unveiling ceremony was held at the Yunapachiku Shelter in Ie Village where a monument was created to commemorate a forced mass suicide that occurred during the Battle of Okinawa. About 30 people including Mayor Hideyuki Shimabukuro and 80-year-old...

UN Special Rapporteur shows concern over Japanese government’s crackdown on Henoko protesters

UN Special Rapporteur shows concern over Japanese government's crackdown on Henoko protesters

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, visited Japan to research how the Japanese government has been handling its citizens’ freedom of expression. Kaye held a press conference...

Former president Gorbachev writes letter to encourage Okinawan people

Former president Gorbachev writes letter to encourage Okinawan people

April 22, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo has received a letter from Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union who led to the end of the Cold War and won the Nobel Peace Prize. In his letter, Gorbachev encourages Okinawan people to resist against militarization. His letter...

Emerald-green ocean of Iriomote Island recognized worldwide through Trip Advisor ranking

Emerald-green ocean of Iriomote Island recognized worldwide through Trip Advisor ranking

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The largest travel website in the world, Trip Advisor, released its ranking of the top 10 most popular islands in Asia on April 19. Iriomote Island (in Okinawa) was selected as number 10. It is the first time that an Island in Japan has been ranked on this list....

Editorial: Pollution from Kadena reminds us that there is no choice but to revise the SOFA

April 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The severity of environmental pollution from U.S. military bases in Okinawa, and the deep secrecy with which this is handled, have been illuminated once again. Okinawan citizens’ stress from the concerns connected to bearing an overlarge share of the bases makes...

Meio University forms interpreter team to assist tourists from abroad

Meio University forms interpreter team to assist tourists from abroad

April 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 11, Meio University formed a team of volunteer interpreters to serve as guide interpreters at local events. The team is composed of foreign exchange students and students studying foreign languages. A ceremony was held to mark the team’s formation at...

Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

April 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A cruise ship named “Superstar Libra” from Hong Kong cruise company, Star Cruises, docked at the Nakagusuku Port for the first time on April 13. The ship weighs 42,285 ton. This is the first cruise ship to stop there for five years. About 1,000 passengers and...

University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

April 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, the University Consortium Okinawa, which consists of eleven higher education institutions including public and private colleges and universities, held a press conference at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Onna Village. They...

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from April 9, which is March 3 on the Chinese calendar, Sanguwacha was held on Henza Island in Uruma City. Residents prayed for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. On April 10, Todaiyu and Nanzamooi were held to kick off the season with...