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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 played a part in organizing the meeting between Agarie and his brother in 1945 when they fought on opposite sides during the Battle of Okinawa.
Gibo and Agarie were reunited in Las Vegas,...

 

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...

Museum to end program of sending Himeyuri survivors out for lectures

Museum to end program of sending Himeyuri survivors out for lectures

May 30, 2013 Reiko Akamine of Ryukyu Shimpo

From the end of September, the Himeyuri Peace Museum will end its program of sending out Himeyuri Student Corps survivors, who lived through the Battle of Okinawa, as lecturers for students on school trips. Since opening in 1989, the museum located...

Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

June 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A capybara was spotted in the Arakawa River in Ishigaki on the evening of the May 27. Firefighters rushed to the scene after being notified by residents but they failed to capture the animal, which fled at a pace belying its appearance. The animal, which may have...

Okinawan fisheries groups ask government to review Japan-China fisheries pact

Okinawan fisheries groups ask government to review Japan-China fisheries pact

May 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 29 in Tokyo, Okinawa Vice Governor Kurayoshi Takara and the members of the Okinawa Federations of Fisheries Cooperatives and the Ikema Fisheries Cooperatives asked Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Taku Eto to review the Japan-China...

Passion fruits waiting for shipment

Passion fruits waiting for shipment

May 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Passion fruit is now in the harvest season at the Itoman Tourist Farm in Mabuni, Itoman. Clusters of ripe fruit are waiting for shipment.

Kiyonori Oshiro, a 38-year-old contract farmer, said, “Our harvesting was delayed a little because of the typhoon...

Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

May 27, 2013 Yoko Shima of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshito Shimajiri, a 31-year-old astronomer whose father is from Miyako-jima City, will be hired at the National Institute of Saclay in France from June. It is rare for this institute to employ Japanese researchers. When Shimajiri came...