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3,800 protesters surrounding OPG buildings say no to new US air base construction

3,800 protesters surrounding OPG buildings say no to new US air base construction

October 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 9, citizen groups formed a human chain around the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) buildings in Naha to demonstrated their united opposition to the construction of a new US Marine air base in Henoko, Nago, to replace the Futenma base in Ginowan. According to the organizers, about 3,800 people gathered and voiced their plans to stop the relocation of the Futenma base within Okinawa. The participants requested that the OPG reject an application...

 

Descent into Hell: Civilian Memories of the Battle of Okinawa by New Zealand translators published in US

<em>Descent into Hell: Civilian Memories of the Battle of Okinawa</em> by New Zealand translators published in US

October 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo published a series of articles titled, Senka o Horu (Trans: Digging up the Ravages of War) between August 1983 and April 1985. An English translation of the article series has been published as a book in the United States, under a new...

Harborview and Tenbusu set up a Ryukyuan wedding plan at Kokusai street

Harborview and Tenbusu set up a Ryukyuan wedding plan at Kokusai street

October, 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 8, 2015, ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Okinawa Harborview will for the first time sponsor a public Ryukyuan wedding.

At the public wedding, called “Ryu-kon in Kokusai Street & Tenbusu Naha,” a groom and bride will wear traditional Ryukyuan...

Volunteer group from Hokkaido takes part in Henoko sit-in protest

Volunteer group from Hokkaido takes part in Henoko sit-in protest

October 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, about 40 citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off...

23 servicemen desert from U.S.military bases in Japan: one still at large among four deserters from bases in Okinawa

October 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An inquiry has revealed that from July 2011 to August 2014, 23 servicemen deserted from U.S.military bases in Japan nationwide. Among them, four deserted from the bases in Okinawa. One of the four deserters from the bases in Okinawa gave themselves up to the military...

Orchid flowers attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

Orchid flowers  attract visitors on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha

September 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orchids growing on the trunks of trees called Kuroki or Unbarked Lumber are attracting pedestrians on Kinjo Dam Street in Naha. Members of the Kinjo Dam Street Group planted the seedlings of orchids around the trees. Currently, five or six orchids such as den-phal,...

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

Zamami Village: beaches are entirely smoke-free

October 6, 2014 Yoshikazu Miyazato, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 1, The Zamami Village Office started enforcing a regulation to clean and beautify the Kerama islands. The regulation aims at creating a clean and comfortable environment deserving of national park status. Locals and...

Three rare butterfly species photographed in Takae on same day

Three rare butterfly species photographed in Takae on same day

September 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Akino Miyagi, a committee member of the Nature Conservation Committee of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan, captured on camera three near-threatened species of rare butterflies, on September 25 in Higashi Village, Takae. Takae is near the designated construction...

Meio University students win top essay prize at tertiary education conference in Hanoi

Meio University students win top essay prize at tertiary education conference in Hanoi

October 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Meio University’s team won the top prize in the international division of an essay contest at the GPAC2014 (Global Partnership of Asian Colleges), held at Vietnam National University in Hanoi from August 24 to 29. Eleven students from Meio University took...

Okinawa Argentine doctor awarded for his contribution to local community

Okinawa Argentine doctor awarded for his contribution to local community

October 6, 2014 Ricardo Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Sixty-year-old second generation Okinawan Argentine doctor Antonio Simon Agarie has received the San Juan Bautista award for community contribution from the City of Florencio Varela, Argentina. The award ceremony was held at Nahuel...

Academy Award winning Okinawan CGI artist delivers lecture in his hometown

Academy Award winning Okinawan CGI artist delivers lecture in his hometown

October 5, 2014 Tetsuya Nakajima, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Los Angeles resident and CGI(Computer-Generated Image) artist Hiroki Itokazu, from Kumejima, took part in creating Disney’s animated film Frozen, which won the Academy Award for the best animated feature film at the 86th...