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First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

First generation Okinawan Bolivian couple returns to their homeland

November 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, a couple who were among the first group of emigrants from Okinawa to Bolivia in 1954 came home after 11 years. Ninety-one-year-old Tetsu Nagayama and eighty-eight-year-old Tomiko came back to Okinawa in 1972 before going back to Bolivia in 2002.

Their relatives and about 30 members of the Okinawa Bolivia Association warmly welcomed the couple at Naha Airport. When those waiting for the couple said, “Welcome home!” the husband...

 

Floss silk trees in full bloom

Floss silk trees in full bloom

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Floss silk trees in full bloom in various parts of Okinawa add a slash of color to the prefecture’s streets and towns. Seventy-seven-year-old Naha resident Masahiro Sakumoto enjoys looking at the beautifully formed flowers on a tree in his garden.
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Orion Beer to operate mega solar plant from next April

Orion Beer to operate mega solar plant from next April

November 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 31 at Nakaoji in Nago, Orion Beer held a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of mega solar plants in Nago City, Nakijin Village and Itoman City. Orion Beer is the first food and beverage company in Okinawa to start such a solar power generation...

Okinawan electronics company to introduce new photovoltaic system to Solomon Islands

Okinawan electronics company to introduce new photovoltaic system to Solomon Islands

October 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 31, Okinawa Kobori Electronics will start work on a project to introduce the new utility interactive photovoltaic system that the company has developed to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The Japan International Cooperation Agency commissioned...

Camera drops from U.S. military helicopter

November 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 1, it was revealed that an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to Kadena Air Base may have dropped its mounted camera during training. According to the Okinawa Defense Bureau, after returning from a flight training exercise U.S. military personnel realized...

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

Longevity Beauty Queens chosen in Kitanakagusuku

October 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three aged women were chosen as Kitanakagusuku Longevity Beauty Queens 2014 in the village welfare festival on October 26. This event aims to let people know that the village has the longest female lifespan in Japan. Ninety-five-year-old Hatsu Higa, 94-year-old...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomes 30 millionth visitor

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium welcomed Naohiro Tashiro as its 30 millionth visitor. Visiting the aquarium for the first time with his girlfriend Chisato Mizuta from Tokyo, he received a commemorative certificate and gift from curator Hirokazu Miyahara....

Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

Ryukyu Dynasty procession unfolds

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Dynasty procession was held in Kokusai Street, Naha on October 27, the third day of the Shurijo Castle Festival. Reenacting the colorful event from the Ryukyu Dynasty almost one thousand people took part in the procession, including those in the roles...

Seven karate masters receive service awards

Seven karate masters receive service awards

October 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper held the 5th Service Awards Ceremony for Okinawan Karate and Traditional Martial Arts at Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha on October 23. Seven people who have contributed to passing on and developing karate received award certificates.

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Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

Growing number of Ryukyu long-haired rats killed on roads

October 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The number of the road accidents involving Ryukyu long-haired rats is increasing, claiming the lives of 13 animals so far this year.

Experts warn that this year’s figure could possibly reach 25, exceeding the highest number recorded in 2011 in which 24...

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

Postage stamp commemorating 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Okinawa branch of Japan Post released postage stamps commemorating the 100th All Okinawa Bullfighting Tournament. The stamps depict bullfighting scenes mainly from the works of freelance photographer Yukie Kudaka, who is from Uruma City and...