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OTS Supports Interpreter Guide from Abroad

July 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The OTS Partners Network, which consists of about 200 businesses including tourism facilities and restaurants in Okinawa under contracts with the Okinawa Tourist Service (OTS), will invite 20 people studying Japanese language to Okinawa late August. The OTS, which is chaired by Yoshikazu Higashi, aims to attract speakers of Japanese to Okinawa to sit an exam to become local licensed guides. This is part of efforts to promote human resource exchange with Fuzhou,...

 

US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

US documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay conveys harm caused by military bases

July 29, 2015 Rykyu Shimpo

On July 27, Regis Tremblay, 70, a documentary filmmaker from Maine, United States, visited Henoko, Nago for the first time. There, he went out on a boat with citizens protesting against the construction of a new base and observed the construction work being carried...

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

10,000 Eisa Dance Parade rouses audience members’ hearts

August 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 21st Ten thousand Eisa Dance Parade was held on August 2 on Kokusai Street in Naha.

At ten locations along the street, from in front of Palette Kumoji to Saion Square, about four thousands members from 29 organizations, including local youth associations...

1,500 protesters march in Naha to demand scrapping of security bills

1,500 protesters march in Naha to demand scrapping of security bills

August 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A rally against new security bills that would change Japan’s pacifist constitution was held in the evening of July 31 at the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office in Naha. About 1,500 people, including citizens, Diet lawmakers, lawyers...

Leader of movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan passes away

Leader of movement for Okinawa's reversion to Japan passes away

July 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 7:25 p.m. on July 25, Satoru Nakasone, who led the movement for Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, passed away at his home in Okinawa City at the age of 88 due to visceral malfunction.

Nakasone was from former Misato village (now Okinawa City). A memorial...

NGO members and researchers from various countries visit Okinawa to learn about base issues

NGO members and researchers from various countries visit Okinawa to learn about base issues

July 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of ten NGO members, researchers, and foreigners working on issues of peace and demilitarization are visiting Okinawa on a study tour to learn about the U.S. military base issues here. They arrived on July 27. The tour participants come from the United States,...

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

Habu-hunter Makishi opens a photo exhibit

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Master-hand at Habu hunting from Mihara Nago City, Yasuhiro Makishi has opened an exhibit at the Wansaka Oura Park displaying pictures of habu and other wildlife. The exhibition is called “Habu and Friends in the Forest: Photo Exhibit of Habu and Rare Creatures...

World’s First Technique to Identify Fish Species from a Bucket of Water

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Churashima Foundation in Motobu Town collaborated with Chief Researcher Masaki Miya from the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba and five university research groups to develop a technique to identify what species of fish are living in specific...

Miss Okinawa beauty queens promote August tourism events

Miss Okinawa beauty queens promote August tourism events

July 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A variety of events will take place in Okinawa throughout “Tourism Month” in August, including “Tourism Day” on August 1. On July 28, the three Miss Okinawa beauty queens visited the Ryukyu Shimpo Office in Naha to promote the tourism events .

Takao...

Showcase of 10,000 fireworks at Ocean Expo Park

Showcase of 10,000 fireworks at Ocean Expo Park

July 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 18, the Ocean Expo Park held its 37th fireworks display at the park in Motobu. About 41,300 people enjoyed the event, watching 10,000 fireworks in the midsummer evening sky.

Fireworks featuring dolphin and sea turtle configurations were released for...

Okinawa Governor Onaga signals cancellation of Henoko landfill approval

Okinawa Governor Onaga signals cancellation of Henoko landfill approval

July 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a symposium held in the Chuo district of Tokyo, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talked about an advisory panel reporting to have found legal flaws in the former governor’s approval of landfill in Henoko, Nago. Onaga said, “I strongly believe that I...