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Okinawan leads Japan national team at 23rd World Children’s Baseball Fair

Okinawan leads Japan national team at 23rd World Children's Baseball Fair

June 27, 2013 Taichi Hirayasu of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The manager of the team, Rin Ono, said, “This will be a valuable experience for the children. I want them to grow through the event.”

Ono played baseball at Okinawa Fisheries High School. His team came second in the National High School Baseball Championship for consecutive years in 1990 and 1991. Ono went on to play in professional baseball teams such as the Yomiuri Giants. He will be the manager of...

 

Yambaru kuina rescued from road accident released in forest

Yambaru kuina rescued from road accident released in forest

June 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 27, a female Yambaru kuina (Okinawan rail) rescued from a road accident was released in Yona, Kunigami. As of June 27, 20 road accidents this year have involved Yambaru kuina. This is the second highest figure after last year.

A local resident found...

Ginowan Assembly adopts resolution to protest against U.S. Marine redeployment

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, the Ginowan City Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and a statement of written opinion on the United States Marine Corps redeployment. The Corps is planning to send more Marines to Okinawa, including aircraft to the Futenma in the Unit...

Filmmaker Junkerman to create movie about Okinawa

Filmmaker Junkerman to create movie about Okinawa

June 25, 2013 Naoki Isa of the Ryukyu Shimpo

American documentary filmmaker John Junkerman, 60, will make a documentary movie about the U.S. military base issue in Okinawa. The tentative title for the film is “Okinawa 1944-2014.” Currently living in Tokyo, Junkerman has been creating the...

Mural of coral in Okinawa

Mural of coral in Okinawa

June 23, 2013 Kyoko Agarie, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Coral Preservation Association is trying to preserve coral by informing residents in Serikyaku on Izena Island about its importance. On June 14, the association worked with children to complete a large mural on the back of the...

Song Leftovers of the Warship inscribed on stone

Song <em>Leftovers of the Warship</em> inscribed on stone

June 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The monument featuring an Okinawa folk song Kanpo nu Kwe-nukusaa (Leftovers of the Warship) has been completed in Sobe in Yomitan. This well-known Okinawan folk song, written by Koubin Higa describes the feelings of people who survived the war.

The...

Town needs to work to preserve Tanabaru Field Hospital Shelter

Town needs to work to preserve Tanabaru Field Hospital Shelter

June 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In June 2013, rocks falls inside the Tanabaru Shelter in Nishihara highlight the urgent need to carry out preservation work.

The local education board and a volunteer group for recovering war remains are searching inside the shelter, which the Imperial Japanese...

Kishaba Elementary School’s seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

Kishaba Elementary School's seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

June 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 19, a graduation ceremony was held at Kitanakagusuku Elementary School for graduates who were unable to receive their certificates due to the war. Seventeen people who were due to graduate in March 1945 are now at least 80 years old. They were happy to be...

Okinawa Governor and Mayors ask Prime Minister for more information on return of U.S. bases

Okinawa Governor and Mayors ask Prime Minister for more information on return of U.S. bases

June 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and 27 mayors met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. They asked him to provide more detail about the plan to return U.S. bases and land south of Kadena Air Base, and for information on the alternatives to the closed bases. The...

[Editorial] Yonaguni should promote exchange with Taiwan instead of accepting SDF

June 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Yonaguni Town Assembly have unanimously passed a bill leasing land owned by the town to the Ministry of Defense. This will enable the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to station a coast guard unit on the island. We question such a plan being pushed...

Eisa Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

<em>Eisa</em> Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

June 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the “Eisa Dance Monument” in Koza Athletic Park, Okinawa City. This day marks six years since the Okinawa City declared...