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Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

Leader opposing move to Henoko wins 3rd term in House of Councillors election

July 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Keiko Itokazu, 65, leader of the Okinawa Social Mass Party, won a third term in the Okinawa prefectural constituency for which one seat was contested in the July 21 House of Councillors election. Itokazu, who won 294,420 votes, beat first-time candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Masaaki Asato, 45, director of the Social Welfare Corporation, who received 261,392 votes, by a margin of 33,028 votes.

Mary Nijima, 67, an independent first-time...

 

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

Nago Avenue becomes a transit mall

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nago Avenue Association turned Nago Avenue into a transit mall limiting car traffic on July 21. They held various events providing food, music and relaxation. The association plans to hold such events once every two months. Its head, Hitoshi Urasaki, said, “We...

Young generation launches new peace organization

Young generation launches new peace organization

July 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four Yomitan residents have launched a new organization called “Yomitan Re: Peace Ranger.” It provides the opportunity for casual discussion of the constitution, peace and war.

As their first project, they are going to screen the movie “Nihonkoku...

Japanese, Taiwanese and South Korean researchers to create shared teaching materials

Japanese, Taiwanese and South Korean researchers to create shared teaching materials

July 10, 2013 Yuki Nakasone of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Senkaku Islands and Liancourt Rocks disputes have been attracting international attention. Japanese, South Korean and Taiwanese researchers have launched a project to create common teaching materials on the topic of maritime territorial disputes....

Oceanographer Muzik confirms the importance of Henoko Coast

Oceanographer Muzik confirms the importance of Henoko Coast

July 5, 2013

Oceanographer Katherine Muzik, formerly a professor at Harvard University, conducted an underwater survey at Oura Bay and offshore at Henoko, Nago on July 4. The U.S. military plans to build an alternative facility for Futenma Air Station in this area. She asserted the importance...

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

July 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 25,000 sunflowers now as high as two meters are in full bloom in a 1,980 square-meter field in Miyahira, Haebaru. Local resident Shinsuke Arakaki owns the field.

Haebaru Town and the Town Tourist Association celebrated the sunflowers on July 10, but...

Pupils pick tea in Nago

Pupils pick tea in Nago

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eleven pupils of Nago City Inada Elementary School picked tea in the tea garden at Goga on July 5.

Staff of the Tea Producers Association of the JA Okinawa showed the pupils what to do. The children enjoyed making tea using traditional methods and hoped that...

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

Sexual minorities give lesson at Okinawan high school

July 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chubu Agricultural High School in Taba, Uruma invited people from sexual minorities to deliver a special class on July 9. By meeting 22 such people, their family members and friends, the students were introduced to different ways of life and forms of sexuality.

This...

Thousands of Yokohama company employees wear kariyushi shirts

Thousands of Yokohama company employees wear <em>kariyushi</em> shirts

July 7, 2013 Sadaharu Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Three thousand employees of JFE Engineering have begun wearing kariyushi shirts in the company’s offices from July. Twelve branches nationwide from Hokkaido to Kyushu, including the main office at Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture,...

Tomigusuku ranks as Okinawa’s most livable city

July 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo-based Toyo Keizai magazine announced their annual ranking of the Japan’s most livable cities for 2013. In Okinawa, Tomigusuku came 1st followed by Uruma and Nago. The previous year Nago came 2nd ahead of Uruma.

In the national rankings, Tomigusuku...

Noguchigera released after road accident

Noguchigera released after road accident

July 9, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A noguchigera, or Okinawa woodpecker, a species designated as a special national treasure, has recovered from injuries suffered in a road accident. It was released in Jashiki, Kunigami, about six kilometers off the road on July 8.

This is the first time that...