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University presidents in Okinawa denounce military aircraft flying over campus grounds

University presidents in Okinawa denounce military aircraft flying over campus grounds

September 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 12, the presidents of nine universities in Okinawa issued a statement in response to the U.S. military’s helicopter (HH-60) crash. The statement called for the U.S. military to stop flight training over and around the property of the universities.

On the same day, President of University of the Ryukyus Hajime Oshiro, President of Okinawa Christian University and Junior College Toshiaki Nakahara and Vice President of Meio University...

 

OIST to set up venture capital company

September 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Within the next fiscal year, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) plans to set up a venture capital company that provides protein substance information to pharmaceutical companies. This information is important for companies when creating medicines....

Elementary and junior highschool students on Aguni Island take part in product development class

Elementary and junior highschool students on Aguni Island take part in product development class

September 16, 2013 Yusho Namihira, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

All the students in Aguni Elementary and Junior High School took part in a product development class on September 6. The class was a part of a career education support project run on Aguni.

In the class, for several...

Okinawa to work on promoting use of Shimoji Airport in Miyako

Okinawa to work on promoting use of Shimoji Airport in Miyako

September 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government aims to promote the use of Shimoji Airport, an airport for civil aviation training, in Miyako. Poor use of the airport has been a long-standing problem. From September 18, the Prefectural Government, which manages the airport,...

Film “Ryukyu through eyes of a Chinese envoy” wins Eibunren Award 2013

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September 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Documentary film “Ryukyu through the eyes of Chinese envoy Xu Bao Guang” has been selected as one of seven special excellent works in the Eibunren Award 2013. Eibunren is organization of short film producers in Japan. The film depicts the food culture...

Uchinaguchi grammar guidebook

<em>Uchinaguchi</em> grammar guidebook

September 12, 2013 Yoshiya Hokama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Professor Emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus Shinsho Miyara, who does research and works to help spread Uchinaguchi (Okinawan dialect), has been working to create a book provisionally titled Uchinaguchi Grammar...

Naha City creates booklets for Shimakutuba

Naha City creates booklets for <em>Shimakutuba</em>

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government has created booklets designed to help spread the use of Shimakutuba, the endangered Okinawan language. The government held a ceremony on September 9 to present the booklets to local pupils at the City Office.

The 34,000...

Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

Okinawan drum group wins top award in Busan Travel Fair

September 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha based drum group Ryukaji won the top award in the 16th Busan International Travel Fair 2013 held on September 8 in the South Korean city. The leader of the group, Itsumu Tobaru, 22, who attended the ceremony the next day, was delighted, saying, “We...

Okinawa hosts wedding industry delegation from China

Okinawa hosts wedding industry delegation from China

September 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 10, on the invitation of the Okinawa Resort Wedding Association, a delegation from China attended a wedding demonstration held at a resort hotel in Onna. The number of couples in China who hold their wedding ceremony in resort hotels abroad is increasing...

Naha Daiko performs eisa dance in Vietnam

Naha Daiko performs <em>eisa</em> dance in Vietnam

September 3, Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine members of the Naha Daiko, a drum group from Okinawa, performed their stirring dances at the “Hoi An – Japan Festival 2013” in Hoi An City in Vietnam on August 24 and 25.

After Naha City helped Hoi An to resolve waste-related issues, interaction...

Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting makes documentary film The Target Village

Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting makes documentary film <em>The Target Village</em>

September 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A documentary film titled The Target Village will be in theaters in Okinawa from September 7. The film covers residents of Takae Village, Higashi-son, who are opposed to the construction of U.S. military helipads and deployment of MV-22 Osprey there....