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Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

Event introducing Okinawan literature held at US Library of Congress

September 14, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On September 9, an event introducing Okinawan literature titled “Living Spirit” was held at the US Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Katsunori Yamazato, literary scholar and president of Meio University, and Frank Stewart, a professor at University of Hawaii, were invited as lecturers. In addition to classic works such as The Omoro Soshi (a compilation of ancient poems and songs...

 

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

Symposium on endangered languages held to preserve the Ryukyuan languages

September 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17 at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, the 18th Foundation of Endangered Languages Symposium was held. It was the first time for the event to be held in East Asia. Researchers presented the critical problem of the dying out of Ryukyuan...

A KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

A  KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker stationed at Iwakuni base trains at Futenma Air Station

September 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 15, a KC-130 aerial refuelling tanker, which is stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture, performed “touch-and-go” landings for over an hour as part of training at Futenma Air Station.

After moving...

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

Genetic DNA of Okinawan people similar to people in the main islands of Japan

September 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Modern people living in the Ryukyu Islands are genetically more closely related to those in the main islands of Japan than people in Taiwan or mainland China, a research team has found. The researchers announced their findings on September 16 after analyzing...

Long-living sisters to celebrate Kajimaya for the third time next month

Long-living sisters to celebrate <em>Kajimaya</em> for the third time next month

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three sisters, 106-year-old Nahe Shuri from Uruma City, 98-year-old Chiyo Moriya from Naha City, and 96-year-old Toyo Agarie from Yonashiro City will next month celebrate Kajimaya, an event that takes place in Okinawa when a person reaches their 97th...

Okinawa and JICA agree to send teachers to Bolivia and Laos

Okinawa and JICA agree to send teachers to Bolivia and Laos

September 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Education Board and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plan to send teachers to Bolivia and Laos from the 2015 fiscal year. The head of the education board Akira Moromizato and the head of the JICA Okinawa International...

[Editorial] Japanese coast guard officers should not use brute force against Henoko protesters

September 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Japanese coast guard officer has intimidated a man by pressing his hand against the man’s throat. Another twisted a woman’s arm.

Such acts of violence are taking place on a daily basis, on the sea surrounding Henoko in Nago .

We definitely...

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

Japan Coast Guard responds with violence to residents opposing the construction of new US air base in Henoko

September 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Coast guard officers are employing violence against residents amid increasingly heated protest against work to relocate US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to an offshore site in Henoko, Nago. On September 9, at the construction site, members of the coast guard...

Political journalistTakano: “The presence of U.S. Marines on Okinawa is unnecessary”

Political journalistTakano:

September 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, the Ryukyu Okinawa Center of the East Asian Community Research Institute held a lecture meeting in Naha City. Journalist Hajime Takano stressed in his lecture that “stationing US Marine Corps in Okinawa is unnecessary.” Director of the...

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

Super Moon shining over Shuri Castle

September 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The super moon was observed on September 9 when it looks its largest all year in various regions in Okinawa. This is an astronomical phenomenon when the moon looks larger than usual because it is closer to the earth. At Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, many tourists...

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

Royal Poinciana blooming in Naha

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pedestrians are enjoying the blooming bright-red Royal Poinciana in Yosemiya, Naha. The Royal Poinciana is from Madagascar and belongs to the bean family. It blooms between June and October. This tree is called Houo Boku in Japan, named after the Chinese Phoenix...