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Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

June 4, 2013 Ayako Sakaguchi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has been promoting a new energy policy. The Deep Sea Water Research Center on Kume-jima has been carrying out proof tests for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) since April. This is a pioneer project for the new form of energy. Such proof tests for power generation plant in the water have not yet been carried out anywhere else in the world. The OPG has high hopes for renewable energy produced in Okinawa,...

 

Monument of Nuchi du Takara completed at Peace Memorial Park

Monument of <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> completed at Peace Memorial Park

June 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, in front of the Cornerstone of Peace at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman, an unveiling ceremony was held of a stone monument for world peace. The words “Nuchi du Takara (Life itself is our treasure)” are inscribed...

Takara to take part in Deaflympics

Takara to take part in Deaflympics

June 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 26 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the International Olympic Committee will hold the Summer Deaflympics, in which deaf athletes compete at an elite level. Miki Takara, from Tomigusuku and a senior at Shikoku Gakuin University, will represent Japan in volleyball.

This...

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

June 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sagaribana powderpuff trees are blooming along the avenue by the Palette Kumoji shopping mall in Kumoji, Naha, creating an even more attractive night downtown. Adorable pink or white flowers with a subtle fragrance delight passers-by.

Sagaribana are mainly...

Boarding house owner supports sumo wrestler Chiyoo

Boarding house owner supports sumo wrestler Chiyoo

June 2, 2013 Shuko Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On 26 May, the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament held in Tokyo, wrestler Chiyoo narrowly posted a losing record with seven wins and eight losses. Chiyoo, whose real name is Miyohito Motoi, has become the first juryo level (second of six...

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

June 3, 2013 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-nine-year-old Eijiro Gibo, a recognized authority on Okinawan traditional arts and former head of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, and 94-year-old Seiyu (subsequently: Frank) Agarie have met for the first time in 68 years.

Gibo...

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

June 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1, at Jubilance in Ginowan, the AmerAsian School in Okinawa celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment. Amerasian refers to people born in Asia to a U.S. military father and an Asian mother.
About 200 people – current students, parents,...

“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

“Clean-Pic” for beach cleaning

May 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 22, the “Clean-Pic” national convention will be held at the Yonashiro Comprehensive Park in Uruma. Clean-Pic is a new activity designed to help clean up beaches, and is something that people can participate in casually. On May 30, the Planning Committee...

Ministry submits corrected application documents for Henoko land reclamation

May 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The central government has submitted corrected documents of the application to the Governor of Okinawa for permission to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago to start the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. At 11:53 a.m. on May 31, officials of the Okinawa...

Majikina contributes to Yonaguni Island with solar-energy generator

Majikina contributes to Yonaguni Island with solar-energy generator

June 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo  

Former high school teacher Masaru Majikina, a 63-year-old resident of Urasoe, is making a solar power system for homes of Yonaguni residents. Every year locals are inconvenienced when typhoons cause power outages. Majikina, who is also a natural energy...

Record of Miyamori Elementary School accident published

Record of Miyamori Elementary School accident published

May 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A compilation of newspaper articles, press reports and testimonies about the crash of a U.S. military aircraft onto Miyamori Elementary School in 1959 has been published. The title is, “We do not want to die, call for life, we want to forget, we do not want...