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Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

Over 120 plaintiffs join lawsuit for withdrawal of Henoko relocation approval

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The plaintiffs group and legal team of 126 people has been seeking cancellation of the approval of the Henoko landfill by initiating an administrative lawsuit. They held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on January 9. The suit is against the Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima. The governor approved last December the application to carry out the landfill at Henoko to move U.S. Futenma Air Station.

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Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

<em>Muuchi</em> Day to wish for children to grow up healthy

January 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

January 8 (December 8 in the old lunar calendar) is the Muuchi Day to wish for children to grow up to be healthy and strong. Muuchi is a rice cake wrapped with sannin or shell ginger leaves. On January 7, cake shops in a market in Naha...

New poster girls for Orion Beer

New poster girls for Orion Beer

January 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Selected as poster girls for Orion Beer in 2014, Eika Nagayoshi, Sakiko Hanaoka and Aimi Uehara visited Ryukyu Shimpo on January 10.
Nagayoshi, who is from Itoman, said, “I would like many people to drink Orion beer.”

Hanaoka from Uruma...

Narcissus in full bloom on Iejima

Narcissus in full bloom on Iejima

January 12, 2013 Yukito Kinjo, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Flowers of narcissus are in full bloom at fields owned by Shunwa Uchima who runs a drugstore in Ie Village. The flowers fascinate the villagers and tourists.

Uchima has two fields near entrance to a fountainhead at north shore...

OCVB promotes Okinawa resort weddings in Hong Kong

OCVB promotes Okinawa resort weddings in Hong Kong

December 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) exhibited at the Hong Kong Wedding Expo 2013 held from December 13 to 15 in Hong Kong. Ten companies from Okinawa, including the Okinawa Resort Wedding Association and the Chiyoda Bridal House, had a presence...

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

Kurara Chibana appointed the first National Ambassador to Japan for WFP

December 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Kurara Chibana, a 31-year-old model from Okinawa, as their first national ambassador to Japan. She will carry out a public relations role for the WFP during her two-year tenure. At the swearing-in...

Okinawa Jazz Association lights up Naha with colorful vocals

Okinawa Jazz Association lights up Naha with colorful vocals

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, the Okinawa Jazz Association held a Christmas concert at the Naha Civic Hall. This is the first part of a series focusing on jazz vocalists. The OJA Jazz Orchestra and COCKTAIL played various songs, including several jazz standards. Takako Afuso,...

90 percent of students in Miyako Island not using local dialect

90 percent of students in Miyako Island not using local dialect

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Miyako Dialect Promotion Group surveyed elementary and junior high school students in Taira City about the Miyako dialect. More than 90 percent of the respondents answered that they “do not use” or “rarely use” Myaku utsu or the Miyako...

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

Okinawa Governor approves landfill for extending runway of Naha Airport

January 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and the Naha Port Authority approved the landfill for extending the runway of Naha Airport on January 9. The Okinawa General Bureau, Cabinet Office, has submitted the landfill application. According to the plan, the construction...

40 people turn into zombies in Okinawa City

40 people turn into zombies in Okinawa City

January 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 40 people turned into zombies by special makeup effects in the First Commercial Avenue in Okinawa City on December 28. They will appear in Haisai Zombie, a short film that the Okinawa City KOZA Film Office creates.

Yoshihiro Nishimura, who has been...

Okinawa Assembly demands that Okinawa Governor resign

January 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held an extraordinary session in the evening of January 10. The majority of the assembly members approved the resolution to demand that Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima resign. In the resolution, they protested against Nakaima’s...