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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 Kadekaru, executive director of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), said, “We want people to understand more the importance of Okinawa tourism. We would like them to...

 

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...

Memorial service held for Okinawan immigrants killed in Davao during World War II

Memorial service held for Okinawan immigrants killed in Davao during World War II

July 26, 2015 Masatoshi Omine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Davao City

The Okinawa Davao Association held a memorial service on July 26 at the Monument of Okinawa in the former Japanese Cemetery of the Mintal district in Davao, the Philippines.

Davao in Mindanao was a fierce battle area...

Protest action against Abe administration in front of Camp Schwab

Protest action against Abe administration in front of Camp Schwab

July 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A rally titled “Henoko Action to create Okinawa’s future” was held on July 18 in front of Camp Schwab at Henoko, Nago. There, the Governments of Japan and the United States are advancing with the project to build a new U.S. base there to replace...

Okinawa Governor Onaga to address UN

Okinawa Governor Onaga to address UN

July 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is scheduled to hold its 30th session in Geneva, Switzerland from September 14 to October 2. It was confirmed on July 22 that Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will deliver a speech at the UNHRC’s upcoming session. The...

Local Okinawan leaders petition US government to remove Henoko reference from FY2016NDAA

July 20, 2015 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On July 19, twenty-three Okinawan mayors, prefectural assembly members, national Diet representatives, and business leaders sent a document to United States Congress members asking that they remove from the National...

Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue hits 534.1 billion yen marking a new high

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the data released by Okinawa Prefectural Government on July 16, Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue went up 19.3 percent to 534,172,000,000 yen in fiscal year 2014. It was second year in row the figure reached a record high, exceeding 500 billion yen.

Spending...

First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

July 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, China Eastern Airlines commenced a regular twice-a-week flight service connecting Hangzhou, China with Naha Airport. Shortly after 1:00pm, 151 passengers arrived on the first flight from Hangzhou to the international terminal of Naha Airport. At the terminal,...

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

July 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event promoting a society more accepting of sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, was held at the Tenbusu Square in Makishi, Naha on July 19. For the event, Naha City Government made a “Rainbow Naha Declaration,” which set out the...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...