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Government to pay 25 million yen to asbestos victim’s family

October 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese Government agreed on October 1 to accept terms of settlement by which they pay damages to the family members of a male employee who died from an asbestos-related disease after working on U.S. military bases. Two male employees who worked on U.S. bases before Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 died of lung cancer caused by asbestos. Their family members had filed a damage suit against the government. This is the first time...

 

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

October 6, 2013 Masatoshi Itokazu, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginoza High School student Keisuke Shiroma told the town mayor on October 2 that he will represent Japan in the Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Malaysia from October 26.

Shiroma has won five consecutive titles in...

Kitadaito celebrates festival with a fusion of traditions

Kitadaito celebrates festival with a fusion of traditions

October 6, 2013 Junko Uechi correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Kitadaito Island celebrated the annual festival Daitogusai on September 22 and 23 to pray for bumper crops. The Daitogu Shrine has honored Amaterasu Omikami, the goddess of the sun, as the guardian deity for people on the island...

Restoration work of King and Queen’s room almost complete

Restoration work of King and Queen's room almost complete

October 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Restoration work on four facilities at Shuri Castle such as the Kuganiudun, meaning the golden palace, including the King’s bedroom, has entered the final stage. On October 2, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer took an aerial photograph confirm that craftsmen...

Okinawan latin singer sings in Okinawan dialect

Okinawan latin singer sings in Okinawan dialect

October 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Latin singer Yuki Taira sings songs in the Okinawan dialect. On October 3, Taira held a concert at the community hall in Ada, Kunigami, where she graduated from elementary and junior high schools.

Ada Elementary School held the concert as part of career...

Noguchigera spotted in Nago for first time in four years

<em>Noguchigera</em> spotted in Nago for first time in four years

October 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A male noguchigera Okinawa woodpecker was confirmed as having been seen in Nago-dake in Nago in the morning of September 28. This sighting is the first time in over four years. The noguchigera is designated as a special national treasure and...

[Editorial] U.S. and Japan should remove Osprey from Okinawa

October 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense and Japan’s Ministers for Foreign Affairs and of Defense in attendance, the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, otherwise known as the “two-plus-two” security meeting, has convened in Tokyo. Japan...

Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA took first prize in the Crystal Awards 2013. The awards are given to spas in Japan, which are chosen by the customers. This event, which is the only exhibition specializing in the spa and wellness business in Japan, aims to help...

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

Black rice paper butterfly found for the first time in Okinawa

September 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The rice paper butterfly characterized by its black and white patchy pattern is the largest butterfly in Japan. Its black color variety was found on September 25. It is very rare to see such a butterfly.

The butterfly has wings that are more than 90 percent...

Okinawa Governor suggests he will reject base relocation proposal

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly began questioning the Okinawa Prefectural Government on September 26 for the September round of regular meetings. Four people asked questions on the first day. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated that he will decide in December...

Awamori seminar held in South Korea

<em>Awamori</em> seminar held in South Korea

September 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Seoul office of the Japan External Trade Organization held a seminar event at Gangnam Finance Center in Seoul on September 24 to introduce the Okinawan alcoholic beverage awamori to local hotels and izakaya or Japanese style taverns. A...