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X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

X-ray analysis of manufacturing process of Ryukyu crafts

January 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 12, using state-of-the-art equipment, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum has been carrying out X-ray examinations of more than 50 pieces of crafts made during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.

On January 14, the museum disclosed the examination process to the news media. The examination aims to reveal the materials and manufacturing processes of pottery, gold works, and ceramics of the period. It is the first time in Okinawa to examine...

 

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

Residents of districts neighboring Hirae oppose plan to deploy JSDF to Ishigaki

January 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has proposed Hirae within Ishigaki City as the planned site for deployment of Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF). On the night of January 13, about 20 resident representatives of the neighboring districts of Kainan, Takeda, and Omoto...

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

Nago mayor critical of Prime Minister Abe’s “hardline stance”

January 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press meeting on January 13, Nago mayor Susumu Inamine criticized recent remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a national Diet session. The prime minister said that matters of national security “are not something decided by a single local election.”...

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

Okinawa’s “Free Cram School” paving the way to dream schools

January 10, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Manato Akira

Last June, a “Free Cram School” initiative targeting high school students from economically deprived families opened its doors to the public in Okinawa City. There has already been news of students getting accepted to their first-choice...

Okinawan student wins first-prize in international piano competition’s university division

Okinawan student wins first-prize in international piano competition’s university division

January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia took place on January 8 in Yokohama. Keigo Teruya, a 19-year-old freshman student at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts whose hometown is Nanjo City, Okinawa, won first-prize in the university division....

Osprey accidents in Afghanistan conspicuously high at one per 90 flight hours

Osprey accidents in Afghanistan conspicuously high at one per 90 flight hours

January 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Sakae Toiyama reports from Washington, D.C.

Recent statistics show that during fiscal 2010-2012, the U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey aircraft stationed in Afghanistan experienced one Class A-D accident for every 90.4 hours of flight time. The MV-22 Osprey...

“Jaws” in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium dies after three days in captivity

January 7 and 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A great white shark has been exhibited in Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Great white sharks account for the largest number of shark attacks against humans and also appeared in the American film “Jaws”.

The shark was a male about 3.5-meter long and...

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

Elephant Ryuka does first calligraphy of the year

January 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2 and 3, a New Year’s Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. Along with her daughter Rubi, who was born in 2015, popular Indian elephant Ryuka appeared in public and performed kakizome, or the first...

Stench from Kadena Air Base leads Kadena Town to seek designation as an odor regulation area

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Takahiro Miyagi

Recently, residents living around Kadena Air Base raised the concern of a bad stench to the prefectural government. On January 6 in response to this concern, the prefectural government decided to pursue a plan to designate the town of Kadena...

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

Jesse Whitehead of New Zealand publishes photography book featuring Okinawan proverbs

January 7, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yoshiki Nagahama

New Zealander Jesse Whitehead, 25, recently published a photography book depicting the people, nature, and culture of Okinawa as he experienced them during his three-year stay in Tomigusuku City, which ended in December. Captions for...

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventeen visitors from Amoy, Fujian in China arrived at Naha Airport on January 6 to participate in “medical tourism” in which participants get health check-ups while enjoying resort tourism in Okinawa. The participants stayed for five nights while...