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Notes written by crewman on photograph of Japanese battleship Hyuga found

Notes written by crewman on photograph of Japanese battleship Hyuga found

May 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Matsuo Chinen, 63, a resident of Sashiki in Nanjo, found a photograph of the Japanese battleship Hyuga, which saw service during the Pacific War, at his father’s house in Naha. His father Matsukichi, who died at the age of 75, kept a record of the ship’s journey from its departure to its end on the back of the photo frame. Notes by Matsukichi with the same content were also found.

Matsuo found the photograph and the notes when the house was to be...

 

25 women’s groups in Okinawa criticize Hashimoto’s remarks on comfort women

25 women's groups in Okinawa criticize Hashimoto's remarks on comfort women

May 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, the co-leader of the opposition Japan Restoration Party, has said that the Japanese military’s “comfort women” regime of forced prostitution of Asian women before and during the Second World War was necessary for Japanese...

Still haunted by death of civilians

Still haunted by death of civilians

May 13, 2013 Masatoshi Omine of Ryukyu Shimpo

Joe Drago, an 87-year-old Boston resident who fought in the Battle of Okinawa talked about the battle through Skype to a group of students at St. Bede’s College, a Catholic boys’ high school located in Christchurch, New Zealand. The lesson was...

Senior fellow of CFR Think Tank points out the dangers of populist nationalism

Senior fellow of CFR Think Tank points out the dangers of populist nationalism

May 4, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo

There has been ongoing tension between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands, which are administered as part of Okinawa. The Japanese government emphasizes the Japan-U.S. alliance as a diplomatic cornerstone and strives to gain the support of the...

Kuroiwae cicada’s first song heard earlier than ever before

Kuroiwae cicada’s first song heard earlier than ever before

May 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2, in the pine forests of Zakimi in Yomitan, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory confirmed hearing the first song of the Platypleura kuroiwae species of cicada. This is the earliest since they started monitoring it in 1958. According to previous data, this cicada...

Marines will be at Futenma for the next 10 to 15 years

May 11, 2013 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Maj. Gen. James Kessler, commander of the Marine Corps Installations Command, told a Senate hearing, “We will be at Futenma for probably the next 10 to 15 years.” On May 9, at a subcommittee meeting of the Senate...

Ishigaki and Kauai commemorate 50th anniversary of sister-city relationship

Ishigaki and Kauai commemorate 50th anniversary of sister-city relationship

May 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 10, in Kauai, Hawaii, Ishigaki City and Kauai County marked the 50th anniversary of their establishing a sister city relationship. The Ishigaki Municipal Government and Kauai Community College exchanged memorandums on international interaction to commemorate...

Naha team wins traditional dragon boat race

Naha team wins traditional dragon boat race

May 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Many families and tourists visited Naha Port on May 5, the final day of the Naha Harii 2013 dragon boat race. It was slightly overcast in the morning, but the skies became clear in the afternoon and overall the three-day event was blessed with fine weather....

More than 100 Marines parachute jump from MV-22

May 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 3, at the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield, the U.S. military conducted parachute training from MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. The training occurred 19 times over three consecutive days with a total of 15 aircraft flying to the airfield.

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Civic group claims road construction is affecting woodpeakers

Civic group claims road construction is affecting woodpeakers

May 3, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 2, Chosei Tamaki, the head of the Move Through Nature of Yambaru Association, an environmental non-governmental organization, submitted a formal complaint to the Nago Police Station. He said there is a possibility that construction work is adversely affecting...

Kin business group publishes booklet to promote Taimo sweets

Kin business group publishes booklet to promote <em>Taimo</em> sweets

April 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In order to promote sweets made with locally produced taimo, at the end of March the Kin Town Commerce and Industry Association published a booklet called “Taamu Sweets.” They printed 10,000 copies and will give them away for free. The association...