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Typhoon Neoguri leaves 40 people injured and 2.2 billion yen in agricultural damage

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon Neoguri, which is called No. 8 in Japan, caused heavy damage in Okinawa on July 10. It was the first time Japan used a special danger alert.

On Tokashiki Island, the meteorological observatory measured a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 53 kilometers per hour on July 8. Giant waves generated by the super typhoon swept away some concrete blocks of the breakwater at the harbor mouth, which hindered the route of ferryboats. The ferryboats were...

 

Okinawa Prefectural assembly resolves to preserve remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural assembly has unanimously resolved to preserve rather than cremate the remains of victims of the Battle of Okinawa on July 10. The assembly asked the Japanese government to do so via the prefectural government.

The resolution was passed...

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

Dioxins detected in all analyses of barrels found in Okinawa City

July 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 7, the Okinawa Defense Bureau and city government released the results of their investigation into contamination from barrels found at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. They detected dioxin and other harmful ingredients...

Japan’s move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?”

Japan's move to restore right to collective self-defense worrying high school students: “Do we have to go to war?

July 6, 2014 Ikue Nakaima of Ryukyu Shimpo

“Teacher, do we have to go to war?”

A regular meeting of the High School and Handicapped People’s School Teachers’ and Staff Union was held in Naha City on July 4. The teachers reported that their students were concerned...

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

Special exhibition of royal costume held at Shurijo Castle

July 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 4, at the golden palace of the Shurijo Castle Park in Naha, a special exhibition titled “Beautiful…orisen-I, II of Ryukyu kingdom” began. It will be on until September 17. It is the first time that a special exhibition has been held...

Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renews exhibition on the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renews exhibition on the Battle of Okinawa

July 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa International Peace Research Institute renewed its Battle of Okinawa exhibition on June 19. It displays 755 photographs which Masahide Ota, the president of the Institute and former Okinawa Governor, collected from the U.S. National Archives and Records...

Gavan McCormack visits Henoko and Oura

Gavan McCormack visits Henoko and Oura

July 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2, Gavan McCormack, who is a researcher of modern Japanese history and an emeritus professor of the Australia National University, visited Henoko in Nago. From a boat, he observed the sea around Henoko and Oura Bay, where the U.S. and Japanese governments...

The Star Festival in Okinawa

The Star Festival in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival. The day belongs to Shosho or “minor heat”, one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. According to the calendar, summer officially begins on this day.

The star festival...

South American students visit Okinawa for cultural exchange with the elderly

South American students visit Okinawa for cultural exchange with the elderly

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

South American students of Okinawan descent took part in an extra-curricular course about Okinawa’s emigration history and South American cultures and lifestyles at the Okinawa Cultural Center in Okinawa City on July 3. About 40 elderly people from Peare Paradise...

Salt company Nuchi-masu wins Monde Selection Grand Gold Medal for five consecutive years

Salt company Nuchi-masu wins Monde Selection Grand Gold Medal for five consecutive years

July 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Uruma City based salt company Nuchi-masu has won the the Grand Gold Medal for five consecutive years at the 2014 Monde Selection, an international food and alcoholic beverage fair. The company also received the International High Quality Trophy, an award given to...

Nago mayor criticizes government for starting demolition work to build new air base

Nago mayor criticizes government for starting demolition work to build new air base

July 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a regular press conference on July 2, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine criticized the Okinawa Defense Bureau for starting demolition of existing facilities in the U.S. military base Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, to build an alternative facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air...