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Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

January 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, at the Press Club in the Okinawa Prefectural Government office, Teruo Hiyane, professor emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus, Ishihara Masaie, professor emeritus of the Okinawa International University and other prominent intellectuals held an emergency press conference. They asserted that the governments of Japan, China and Taiwan should avoid making the Senkaku Islands dispute the cause of military tension, and that these nations should...

 

United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

United States plans to deploy CV-22 Osprey in Japan

January 13, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

In a press conference held in the Department of Defense on January 11, Michael Donley, secretary of the United States Air Force, has commented on the plan to deploy the CV-22 Osprey, an air-force variant of the MV-22...

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

Himeyuri students publish new book telling the invisible wounds of the war

December 25, 2012, Michiyo Kuniyoshi of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum has published a new book entitled Himeyuri Students who survived — the path home from the internment camp. At the museum, the Himeyuri stories in the exhibitions or in printed materials are mainly focused...

Agibari parade held at Kowan in Urasoe

<em>Agibari</em> parade held at Kowan in Urasoe

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 3, at the Kowan in Urasoe, the traditional Agibari Michijune parade was held to pray for the health and prosperity of the local people. Men from Kowan stood on floats shaped like dragon boats as they paraded about one kilometer through the village...

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

OPG hopes to increase the population of Okinawa

January 1, 2013 Yoko Shima of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) is putting together an Okinawa population growth plan for fiscal year 2013. It estimates that the population of the prefecture will peak in 2025, before then starting to decline. The OPG wants to avert...

Awamori maturation device registered

<em>Awamori</em> maturation device registered

December 25, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

In Nago, Kanemasa Kuba, a counselor a social welfare organization and Yoshiaki Matayoshi, an instructor of the Okinawa Labor Standards Association have invented and registered an awamori maturation device. It is a stand that holds an awamori...

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

Okinawa senior official visits Washington to reiterate demand for relocation of Futenma Air Station outside of Okinawa

December 31, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On around January 10, Susumu Matayoshi, the head of the Executive Office of the Governor, visited Washington to directly convey to U.S. government officials that the prefectural government would continue to demand the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air...

Whale Shark Airplane unveiled

Whale Shark Airplane unveiled

December 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, at Naha Airport, an unveiling ceremony was held for an airplane featuring a whale shark design for Japan TransOcean Air (JTA). It was a tie-up event marking the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and the 45th anniversary...

Onaha ends his 30-year career for Radio Okinawa’s local dialect news

Onaha ends his 30-year career for Radio Okinawa’s local dialect news

December 27, 2012 Kenta Tokumoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 26, 87 year-old Zenjin Onaha, who served as an announcer for Hogen News or Okinawan dialect news for Radio Okinawa for 30 years, brought his career to an end. Hoping to promote Uchinaguchi to the public, Onaha...

Christian Festival held at Kushi in Nago to bless newborn babies

Christian Festival held at Kushi in Nago to bless newborn babies

December 28, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 25, at the Kushi Community Center in Nago, a traditional Christian festival was held to bless children born that year. About 100 participants celebrated babies born from January to November and 13 parents, prayed for the healthy growth of their children....

U.S. servicemen arrested on consecutive days

December 30, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 28, a Marine corporal was arrested in Naha on trespassing charges, and the next day, on December 29, Naha Police arrested a Marine lance corporal on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The lance corporal’s vehicle collided with...