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Diving Resort Travel Expo 2014 to be held in Okinawa

October 10, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Diving Resort Travel Expo 2014 will be held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan from June 20 to 22 next year. This expo is widely regarded as the largest diving and travel event in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hong Kong based event company LX Development Group Ltd will host the expo and the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) have succeeded in attracting the event.

The expo...


Memorial Service for 10.10 Air Raid held

Memorial Service for 10.10 Air Raid held

October 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year marks 69 years since the U.S. military launched the large scale air raid on Naha on 10 October 1944. The Naha City War Dead Joint Association organized the 18th memorial service in front of Naguyake Peace Monument of Naha City Wakasa Seaside Park on...

270,000 people take part in huge tug of war in Naha

270,000 people take part in huge tug of war in Naha

October 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 43rd Naha Ozunahiki (Naha Tug of War) was held at the Kumoji intersection of Route 58, in Naha on October 13. According to the organizers, about 277,000 people took part. The people pulled on a giant straw rope 200 meters long and weighing 43 tons, which the...

[Editorial] Testimonies prove “comfort women” recruited by force

October 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Newly disclosed National Archives documents expose the details of hideous acts by the Imperial Japanese Army in trampling on the human rights of women. The documents include the judicial records of nine Japanese military officers and civilians convicted by a provisional...

Naha Mayor denounces hate speech in Japan

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga held a regular press conference on October 9. In response to a question about the Kyoto District Court banning hate speech around a school for ethnic Koreans, Onaga said, “I am anxious about what is going on in Japan.”


Okinawa Governor says moving Futenma Air Station to Henoko is impossible

Okinawa Governor says moving Futenma Air Station to Henoko is impossible

Ocotber 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima met Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera in Naha in the afternoon of October 8.

Nakaima said, “I cannot understand why the U.S. and Japanese governments claim that the plan...

TV drama Halser Acre to become movie

TV drama <em>Halser Acre</em> to become movie

October 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The movie version of the TV drama Halser Acre will be released next spring. This popular drama series focusing on food and the natural environment was aired by the Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) from 2011 to 2012. The announcement was made on October...

Peace Museum exhibits ‘Hawaii’s Uchinanchu and the Battle of Okinawa’

Peace Museum exhibits 'Hawaii's <em>Uchinanchu</em> and the Battle of Okinawa'

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Peace Memorial Museum is running a special exhibition called “The war and Okinawa through the eyes of Hawaii’s Uchinanchu” from October 10 to December 11. Admission is free. It displays 189 materials such as documents showing...

Requios wins Worldwide Eisa Festival again

Requios wins Worldwide <em>Eisa</em> Festival again

October 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eisa groups from both inside and outside Okinawa competed in the Worldwide Eisa Festival held at the National Theater Okinawa in Urasoe on October 6. Thirty groups, including some from overseas entertained the audience with their unique dance...

Government to pay 25 million yen to asbestos victim’s family

October 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese Government agreed on October 1 to accept terms of settlement by which they pay damages to the family members of a male employee who died from an asbestos-related disease after working on U.S. military bases. Two male employees who worked on U.S. bases...

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

Kin Town resident to take part in Asian Youth Para Games

October 6, 2013 Masatoshi Itokazu, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ginoza High School student Keisuke Shiroma told the town mayor on October 2 that he will represent Japan in the Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Malaysia from October 26.

Shiroma has won five consecutive titles in...