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Parents and children enjoy night zoo

Parents and children enjoy night zoo

June 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 8, an event entitled “Waku Waku Zoo Night” was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. About 30 parents and children took part in the night event. The children became excited when they saw hippos, crocodiles, bats and other nocturnal animals.

The zoo holds the event after its normal business hours. To observe the biology of nocturnal animals and plants staff guide visitors through the quiet zoo in which the animals are sleeping.

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Beautiful red turtle a “national treasure”

Beautiful red turtle a

June 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On his way to the school on May 31, eleven-year-old pupil of Ginoza Elementary School Kuruto Aniya picked up a Ryukyu leaf turtle (Ryukyu yama-game) without knowing that it is designated as a natural treasure.

Kuruto brought the turtle to school...

China Eastern Airlines revives its Naha – Shanghai flights

June 14, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines has increased its Shanghai – Naha flights from four round-trips a week to one per day. With relations between Japan and China deteriorating over the Senkaku Islands issue, since September 2012 the company had reduced the...

[Editorial] US and Japan need to investigate Agent Orange in Okinawa

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Construction workers have unearthed dozens of barrels bearing the words: “The Dow Chemical Company” at a soccer ground on land returned by the U.S. military in Okinawa City. The United States based company is the second-largest chemical manufacturer in...

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

War artifacts exhibit of Peace Memorial Museum faces difficulty

June 14, 2013 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Every June, the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Mabuni, Itoman, holds the “New Artifacts Exhibition” to display items that individuals and groups have recently donated. However, because the museum has not received as many...

Daughter of war victims from abroad joins plaintiffs in Nuchidu-Takara lawsuit

Daughter of war victims from abroad joins plaintiffs in <em>Nuchidu-Takara</em> lawsuit

June 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, Katsue Shingaki Garner, a 75-year-old resident of Georgia, United States, who is originally from Nishihara Cho, added her name to the list of plaintiffs in the lawsuit called Nuchidu-Takara. The group seeks an apology from the central government...

Rainy season in Okinawa ends early

Rainy season in Okinawa ends early

June 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Meteorological Observatory announced on June 14 that the rainy season in Okinawa has ended.

The rainy season in the region usually continues until around on June 23, so it has ended nine day earlier than usual.

This year, the Okinawa region’s...

Legendary Okinawan boxing trainer closes gym

Legendary Okinawan boxing trainer closes gym

June 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year, Shinkichi Kinjo, manager of the Okinawa Shogaku High School boxing club, will close the Winner Boxing Gym, which he has been running for the last 30 years in Shuri, Naha. The gym has turned out many famous boxers and has had a significant impact on Okinawan...

Okinawan karate men win at East Asian Senior Championship

Okinawan karate men win at East Asian Senior Championship

June 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the 3rd East Asian Senior Karate Championship, which began on June 8 in Wuhan, China, Japan won all the Kata divisions for individual men, women, and teams. Okinawan Ryo Kyuna (Ryueiryu) has now won two consecutive years in the men’s Kata Individual Division....

Moving song about Himeyuri students

Moving song about Himeyuri students

June 7, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A song that 86-year-old Naha resident Teruko Omine wrote as a memorial to her friends who died during the Battle of Okinawa as Himeyuri nurse-aides is arousing people’s sympathy. Omine attended the former Okinawa Daiichi Women’s High School, which...

International tourism revenue in Okinawa up by 36%

June 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 7, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the results of a survey on international tourists’ level of satisfaction with tourism in Okinawa in fiscal 2012. Revenue from tourism increased 36 percent to 22.7 billion yen because in comparison...