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Second-generation Okinawan living in America wins drawing contest for her work “Okinawa of the World”

Second-generation Okinawan living in America wins drawing contest for her work “Okinawa of the World”

March 14, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Teppei Ikeda

 

In a pre-event for the “7th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival,” which is scheduled to start October 30, Kira Beckford from the Okinawa Kai of Washington DC was given an award of excellence in a drawing contest held by Okinawa Prefecture for her drawing titled “Okinawa of the World.” Beckford’s artwork is going to be used in things like large-print posters.

Beckford’s mother is from Okinawa. The winning artwork...

 

Japan ordered to pay 1.3 billion yen to residents around MCAS Futenma in second lawsuit

Japan ordered to pay 1.3 billion yen to residents around MCAS Futenma in second lawsuit

March 11, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryota Shimabukuro

 

On March 10, the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court handed down its decision in the “second Futenma lawsuit”, in which 3,193 residents of the area surrounding Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma claim...

Azaleas are in full bloom at Higashi Azalea Eco Park, a colorful sign announcing the coming of spring

Azaleas are in full bloom at Higashi Azalea Eco Park, a colorful sign announcing the coming of spring

March 10, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Naoya Oshiro

 

 

The azaleas at Higashi Azalea Eco Park are in full bloom, delighting the eyes of visitors to the park. March 9 was blessed with great weather, and families could be seen out taking pictures and enjoying themselves...

11 years after the Tohoku Earthquake, 187 evacuees reside in Okinawa; most from Fukushima

11 years after the Tohoku Earthquake, 187 evacuees reside in Okinawa; most from Fukushima

March 11, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Chikako Maemori

 

March 11 marks the 11th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident that devastated Japan’s Tohoku Region. Approximately 38,000 diasporas (as of February...

First woman wins Yamaimo Competition with 170-kilogram yamaimo

First woman wins Yamaimo Competition with 170-kilogram yamaimo

March 8, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wakana Arakaki

 

Most people who grow yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam) are men, and the Yamaimo Competition (Yamaimo Subu), a contest in which farmers compete using the weight of their yamaimo, has long been considered a competition between men....

JICA Okinawa holds online lessons to teach Karate techniques and the essence of peace to students in south America as it eyes World Heritage List recognition

JICA Okinawa holds online lessons to teach Karate techniques and the essence of peace to students in south America as it eyes World Heritage List recognition

March 7, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Sayaka Yoshida

 

In order to further the study of peace by passing down Okinawan traditional karate, and to strengthen relationships with people of Japanese descent in other countries, JICA Okinawa hosted an online seminar for Japanese descendants...

Japanese government aims to streamline Blue Patrol program by mobilizing 3,600 taxis in Okinawa for crime prevention next year

Japanese government aims to streamline Blue Patrol program by mobilizing 3,600 taxis in Okinawa for crime prevention next year

March 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yosuke Anri

 

Tokyo – Japan’s cabinet office announced March 3 that they would be proceeding with the introduction of crime prevention duties for taxis in Okinawa as part of the “Okinawa Regional Safety Patrol Corps” (often referred...

PFAS levels exceed the national provisional guideline value at two water sources in Kin Town

PFAS levels exceed the national provisional guideline value at two water sources in Kin Town

March 4, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Miho Iwakiri

 

Due to an inspection of the tap water conducted in Kin Town in February, it came to light on March 3 that a level of 59 nanograms per liter (ng/L) of harmful organic fluorine compounds known as PFAS, a level exceeding the national...

Government committee to plan 50th anniversary celebration of Okinawa Reversion at Tokyo hotel

Government committee to plan 50th anniversary celebration of Okinawa Reversion at Tokyo hotel

March 3, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yosuke Anri

 

Tokyo and Okinawa Prefecture are co-hosting the 50th-anniversary ceremony of the Reversion of Okinawa to Japan. During an interview conducted before March 2, an official revealed some details of the May 15 celebration, including...

Kunigami and Yoron Reenact Exchange of Goods to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion

Kunigami and Yoron Reenact Exchange of Goods to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Reversion

March 1, 2022, Ryukyu Shimpo

By Kotaro Nagamine

 

Kunigami – On February 28, representatives of Kunigami and Yoron, Kagoshima reenacted the exchange of goods between the two towns that occurred regularly before World War II. The exchange was one event commemorating the...

“War is a mistake” 94-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa decries Russian invasion on Naha’s streets

“War is a mistake” 94-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa decries Russian invasion on Naha’s streets

March 1, 2022 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masatoshi Inafuku

 

The Asato – Daido – Matsugawa Island-wide Association gathered at Asato Crossroads in Naha, raising placards calling for peace and protesting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The group included someone who lived through...