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Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

Okinawa hits record high child poverty rate of 37%, 2.7 times higher than 2012 nationwide rate

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s child poverty rate hit 37.5 percent in 2012, the highest in Japan. On January 4, Kensaku Tomuro, Associate Professor of Yamagata University, announced the findings of his nationwide child poverty rate survey. Results revealed that over one-third of Okinawa households with children under 18 years old are living in poverty. Okinawa’s poverty rate is about 2.7 percent times the national average of 13.8 percent. Although Osaka’s poverty rate (21.8...

 

Beijing’s Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

Beijing's Ryukyuan burial sites under threat of development

January 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo Tsuyoshi Arakaki reports

There are burial sites in Beijing for Ryukyuans (Okinawans) who sought for the Chinese Qing Dynasty to save the Ryukyu Kingdom and who died in exile before and after the “Ryukyu disposal”, when the Ryukyu Kingdom was annexed...

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

New Year’s solemn ceremony at Shuri Castle

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 1 to 3, a New Year’s ceremony was held at Shurijo Castle Park, Naha. The Chouhaiokishiki, or Imperial Court New Year’s morning ceremony, which used to take place at Shuri Castle on New Year’s Day during the Ryukyu Dynasty, was demonstrated. Many...

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya: Make Okinawan protest movement cultural heritage

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya: Make Okinawan protest movement cultural heritage

December 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya is known for Okinawan traditional bingata dye works, including one featuring parachuters, fighter aircraft, Osprey and dugong in a beautiful design. In an interview with freelance journalist Chota Takamine, the Okinawan artist...

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-one economic organizations including Okinawa Prefectural Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry met for a New Year’s banquet on the evening of January 4 at the hotel ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa Harborview in Naha. In order to strengthen the trend...

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

In New Year’s greeting, Governor Onaga expresses determination not to back down on base issue

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 4, Governor Takeshi Onaga made his new years’ greeting to prefectural employees over the Prefectural Office’s broadcast system. In the greeting, he expressed his determination to continue working to prevent the construction of a new U.S. military...

Squirrel monkeys in Ishigaki attract visitors wishing for a wonderful year

Squirrel monkeys in Ishigaki attract visitors wishing for a wonderful year

January 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pretty squirrel monkeys cheerfully played and jumped up on peoples’ shoulders on Ishigaki Island for the beginning of the year of the monkey. The 59 monkeys met the visitors at the Risuzaru no mori (squirrel monkeys’ forest), Yaima Village in Nakura, Ishigaki...

People celebrate first sunrise of New Year in Henoko

People celebrate first sunrise of New Year in Henoko

January 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The construction of a new U.S. military base in the Henoko district of Nago to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma saw approximately 300 people gather to celebrate the first sunrise of the New Year. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine was among those admiring the...

30% of high school teachers notice students financially in trouble

December 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a questionnaire carried out by the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Prefectural High School and Handicapped People’s School Teacher’s and Staff Union revealed that 28.9% of high school teachers and staff had noticed some students could not bring...

Over 10 million tourists estimated to visit Okinawa in fiscal 2021

Over 10 million tourists estimated to visit Okinawa in fiscal 2021

December 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (OCVB) presented its visitor arrival statistics projected for fiscal years 2015 to 2025. OCVB estimates that in fiscal 2021, tourist arrivals will exceed the 10 million-target figure set by the prefectural...

Documents exposing regulation of Okinawa’s free speech under US administration found

Documents exposing regulation of Okinawa’s free speech under US administration found

December 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo by Mamoru Yasuda

As of December 30, a large quantity of documentation from the Government of the Ryukyu Islands regarding the regulation of freedom of speech under U.S. administration was discovered. These were documents handled by the Ryukyu government between...