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Okinawa holds rally to promote Shimakutuba

Okinawa holds rally to promote <em>Shimakutuba</em>

September 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government held the first Shimakutuba Citizens’ Rally at the Okinawa Convention Center Conference Building in Ginowan City on September 18. The aim of the rally was to encourage Okinawan people to be become interested in Shimakutuba (Ryukyuan languages) and to promote a deeper understanding of the subject. It was also designed to help pass the languages on to future generations. About 570 people, including junior...

 

Nago City Office signs up for diplomatic think tank

September 20, 2013 Ryota Nakamura of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago City Office has decided to sign up to the think tank New Diplomacy Initiative, which sends out information and makes policy recommendations between Japan and the United States. It is rare for a municipal office in Japan to become involved...

Ishigaki Island Marathon to attract 700 runners from Taiwan

September 23, 2013 Ken Sasaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

Hisao Hirata, Okinawa representative of the Okinawa and Taiwan Exchange Promotion Association, announced on September 22 that the association will send 700 marathon runners with their supporters from Taiwan to the Ishigaki Island Marathon next...

Minami Daito Village to revive sugarcane train

September 22, 2013 Shogaku Umeda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Minami Daito Village Office plans to revive the train that until 1983 was used to transport sugarcane on Minami Daito Island.

The office hopes to increase the number of tourists visiting the island, which is located approximately...

New “king and queen” selected at Shurijo Castle Park event

New “king and queen

September 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Selection of a new “king” and “queen” took place at the event “Mid-Autumn Feast” held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle in Naha on September 22. Thirty five-year-old Masaya Koami was chosen in the role of “king” and Juri Shiohira as...

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

Mid-Autumn Feast from Ryukyu Dynasty revived

September 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21 and 22, the Mid-Autumn Feast held during the Ryukyu Dynasty was held in the Una forecourt of Shurijo Castle Park in Naha. On the opening day, four masters of the traditional performing arts who have the status of Living National Treasure...

Okinawan and Sri Lankan students meet on Tokashiki

Okinawan and Sri Lankan students meet on Tokashiki

September 19, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Asian Bridge Project between Sri Lanka and Okinawa was held from September 12 to 20 on Tokashiki Island. The National Okinawa Youth Friendship Center hosted this project commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture,...

Researchers find that ants that do not work live longer

Researchers find that ants that do not work live longer

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The research team from the University of the Ryukyus and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science has found that ants that do not work actually live longer than those that do. The ants that live longer depend on those that work for them.

The research...

Nago man donates clothing to Cambodia despite rare disorder

Nago man donates clothing to Cambodia despite rare disorder

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Despite struggling with a rare inherited muscle disorder known as hypokalemic periodic paralysis, Nago resident Tsubasa Ishikawa does volunteer work sending clothing to children in Cambodia. Ishikawa received a certificate of appreciation from a Cambodian nongovernmental...

JICA Okinawa hosts 10,000th trainee

JICA Okinawa hosts 10,000th trainee

September 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

JICA Okinawa has hosted its 10,000th trainee from overseas. About 80 people, including JICA officials and trainees, celebrated this accomplishment at a ceremony held at the Okinawa International Center at Maeda, Urasoe. Toshihiro Obata, director general of JICA...

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

93-year-old woman calls for no more war

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a meeting entitled “Norihide Cafe” held in Adaniya, Kitanakagusuku, Toshie Asato, a 93-year-old survivor of the Battle of Okinawa called for there to be no more war. She lost her four-year-old son Norihide during the war. The women’s peace...