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Woman of Okinawan descent living in Holland reunites with her relatives for the first time in three decades

Woman of Okinawan descent living in Holland reunites with her relatives for the first time in three decades

March 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Hideki Matsudo

On March 11, Cecilia Gerkens, a sixty-two-year-old woman from Singapore living in Holland, reunited with her relatives in Okinawa for the first time in three decades. She visited Okinawa to pay respects at her ancestors’ grave, because she wanted to fulfill the last wishes of her father, Yoshio Nakachi. He was born in Miyako Island and emigrated to Singapore before World War Two. Cecilia said her father’s last words were, “Respect...

 

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

Ryukyu Shimpo Science Club receives MEXT special award

March 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) held an award ceremony for the year 2015 at the ministry office on March 9 to acknowledge businesses that promote experience-based youth programs. The ministry awarded “Shimpo Science Club”,...

Chinen wins fifth crown in Japanese Culinary Competition

Chinen wins fifth crown in Japanese Culinary Competition

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 9, the Association for the Advancement of the Japanese Culinary Art hosted its 29th Japanese Culinary Competition in Tokyo. In the Regional Cuisine Division, 39-year-old Tsukasa Chinen received the top honor with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry...

Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

Big bluefin tuna caught off Kume Island coast

March 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoko Morinaga

On March 4, the captain of the Daisan Ryutoku Maru, Norio Iju, caught the biggest Pacific bluefin tuna fish to be landed on Kume Island this fishing season. The fish weighed 214 kilograms and was 2.5 meters long. The captain’s family...

Fiscal year 2015 furusato taxes to Nago reach 44,000,000 yen opposing Henoko relocation

Fiscal year 2015 furusato taxes to Nago reach 44,000,000 yen opposing Henoko relocation

March 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Year by year, citizens opposing relocation of Futenma and the new base construction at Henoko have been increasing their contributions to Nago City and Okinawa Prefecture through the Furusato Tax Program (a program by which residents can divert part of their residence...

Henoko protesters decry rape incident: “Who are the police really protecting?”

Henoko protesters decry rape incident: “Who are the police really protecting?”

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of March 15, around fifty protesters opposing the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago gathered to demonstrate in front of the gate used by construction vehicles entering U.S. Camp Schwab. The protesters raised their voices in...

Okinawan singer Cocco keeps supporting children in disaster-affected area

Okinawan singer Cocco keeps supporting children in disaster-affected area

March 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cocco, an artist from Okinawa, has been supporting a disaster-affected area of the Great East Japan Earthquake through the selling of CDs and charity bazaars of her private items. By 2015, she had donated about 14,580,000 yen to support orphans. This year, she donated...

World’s largest coral transplantation in Okinawa

World's largest coral transplantation in Okinawa

March 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

“Coral reef week” was from February 27 to March 13. Healthy coral reefs are in danger of being bleached by high water temperatures and red soil run-off. In order to protect biodiversity, tourism and fishing resources, the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

Governor to exercise authority even if defeated in court

Governor to exercise authority even if defeated in court

March 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The recent settlement between the Japanese national government and the Okinawa prefectural government over the nullification of the permit to reclaim land off the coast of Henoko, Nago City was explained in Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s recent report to a full...

Editorial: Nothing short of reducing US stationing in Okinawa will prevent repeated sexual assaults

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The direct link between the presence of U.S. bases in Okinawa and humans rights violations in Okinawa has been made apparent time and again. Dignity of the women living in and possibly even visiting Okinawa is being inexcusably trampled underfoot.

We will...

US soldier arrested on suspicion of raping Japanese tourist in Naha

March 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

March 13, Naha police arrested a U.S. Navy sailor, 24, who belongs to Camp Schwab in Nago, on suspicion of raping a Japanese tourist sleeping at a hotel in Naha.

The suspect was sent to Naha District Prosecutors’ Office on March 14. According to investigating...