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Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

February 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 9 saw the start of joint excavation work by youth from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (organized by the Kenken Remains Excavation Joint Action Committee) on land in Kenken, Motobu where the remains of fourteen people, including two Koreans, were buried during the Battle of Okinawa.

At a spot where three to four meters of earth had been dug up by machinery, the youth carefully excavated the human remains buried in the ground.

Their...

 

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

February 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The spread of a pneumonia brought about by the corona virus has had an ever-increasing impact on the global economy, and it has cast a large shadow over the economy of Okinawa, which had previously been enjoying continued growth in their tourism industry.

Okinawa...

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

Manabu Kochi is an artist from Naha who lives in France.

Recently, he completed a painting imbued with the grief he feels at the loss of Shuri Castle, which burned down in late October of last year, and his hopes for its reconstruction....

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

February 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter-attack aircraft (based in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni) lost its fuel door (panel covering the fuel tank) during an exercise conducted on Kadena Air Base.

On February 13, the U.S. Naval Forces Japan effectively admitted...

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

February 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 11, a light phenomenon in which light appears in the sky horizontal to the sun, called a “parhelion (genjitsu)”, was observed in Naha City and Urasoe City.

The light appearing to both sides of the sun made it seem as though...

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The town of Kin (Hajime Nakama, mayor) and the city of Honolulu (Kirk Caldwell, mayor), signed a friendship agreement on February 11 at Honolulu City Hall as part of a celebration of Okinawa’s first emigrants to Hawaii from Kin 120 years ago.

They will...

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

February 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Ground Self Defense Force’s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade conducted a joint exercise together with the U.S. military at Kin Blue Beach Training Area in Kin, Okinawa, on February 9, which was open to the news media. It is the first time for the...

50 Agu pigs to be quarantined on isolated island until mid-February to avoid vaccination, 210,000 pigs on Okinawa’s main island to be inoculated

50 Agu pigs to be quarantined on isolated island until mid-February to avoid vaccination, 210,000 pigs on Okinawa’s main island to be inoculated

February 10, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Livestock farmers in Okinawa gathered amid the spread of Classic Swine Fever (CSF) to hold the 2nd CSF prevention conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office February 10.

To protect the rare, Okinawan-native Agu pig from contracting...

Palau presidential chief of staff explores his Okinawan roots

Palau presidential chief of staff explores his Okinawan roots

February 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Mariko Nakamura, Shohei Tsukazaki

Secilil Eldebechel, 51, chief of staff to the president of Palau, visited Okinawa to strengthen Okinawa-Palau ties, but he had another reason to visit—to discover his grandfather’s Okinawan roots. Indeed, Eldebechel...

“I Realized Its Importance when It Burned Down” 11-meter Mural Imbued with Wishes for Recovery Graduation Projects by Shuri High School Department of Dyeing and Weaving Design Students

“I Realized Its Importance when It Burned Down”  11-meter Mural Imbued with Wishes for Recovery Graduation Projects by Shuri High School Department of Dyeing and Weaving Design Students

February 7, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Between January 28 and February 2, graduation projects by the 33 third-year students in the Shuri High School Department of Dyeing and Weaving Design were displayed in the 60th Dyeing and Weaving Exhibition at the Naha Shimin Gallery in Kumoji, Naha.

One...

Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

Okinawa and Japan to coordinate use of Shuri Castle reconstruction donation funds

February 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and Naha City Mayor Mikiko Shiroma held an interview at the Prefectural Office and confirmed that the Okinawa prefectural government will coordinate with the central government toward allocating donations for the reconstruction...