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U.S. soldiers trespass on walking trail in Nago

U.S. soldiers trespass on walking trail in Nago

March 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been confirmed that at around 4:30pm on March 26, more than a dozen U.S. soldiers walked on a track in the Yambaru Discovery Forest in Aha in Nago. According to the manager of the facility, Yasuo Yamakawa, who witnessed the scene, they entered the facility from the area near the walking trail and departed towards Aha Dam. They did not seem to be carrying firearms. “This is not a military training area. U.S. soldiers should not be allowed to come here...

 

Storehouse for old awamori completed

Storehouse for old <em>awamori</em> completed

March 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 27, the Township of Ryukyu Awamori-Sake, a cooperative consisting of 43 brewing companies, held the opening ceremony for an awamori storehouse at the International Logistics and Industry Accumulation Area in Uruma. The Ryukyu Kusu...

[Editorial] Heads of all municipalities in Okinawa demand that the commemoration of the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty be stopped

March 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to protest against the Japanese government’s plan to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese sovereignty after the San Francisco Peace Treaty took...

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly opposes central government celebration of the date of restoration of Japan’s sovereignty

March 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the plenary session of its regular meeting on March 29, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to protest against the Japanese government planning to hold a ceremony on April 28 to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Japanese...

OPG announces new brand project “Be. Okinawa”

OPG announces new brand project “Be. Okinawa”

March 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Okinawa from the current level of 380000 per year to about two million by 2021. As a step in that direction, on March 28 at a press conference held at the Naha Terrace...

Scissors delay 120 flights and 20000 passengers

March 28, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 10:15am on March 27, Naha Airport temporarily stopped operations because a pair of scissors (10 centimeter long blade) was found in a boarding bridge connecting the building and an aircraft. For security reasons the airport office closed the access way to the...

Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

Scuba diving group launches campaign to save coral reef

March 24, 2013 Hideaki Yoneda of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 and 5, the Tokashiki Scuba Diving Association started a campaign to preserve a coral reef. They have transplanted coral after cleaning up an area of coast and removing acanthaster starfish, the main natural enemy of reef-building...

LA Times article about an Okinawan attempting to keep Okinawan language alive

LA Times article about an Okinawan attempting to keep Okinawan language alive

March 25, 2013 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Ten years have passed since 72 year-old Chogi Higa established a class teaching Uchinaguchi or the Okinawan language in a room in the Okinawa Association of Los Angeles building in Gardena. On February 25, Los Angeles Times reporter...

Sisters use same school bag for 12 years with grandmother’s help

Sisters use same school bag for 12 years with grandmother’s help

March 25, 2013 Tsubaki Mekaru of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 21, Yuki Shimabukuro graduated from Kitami Elementary School in Okinawa City. The school bag that she had with her that day had previously been used by her sister Haruka, and between them it had carried school books for a total of...

Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

Interns from Kin Town meet descendants of migrants to South and North America

March 18, 2013 Sadao Tome, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Kin Municipal Office invited descendants of migrants from Kin Town as an internship program for them since 17 years ago. Three years ago, the municipal office began to send interns from the Kin community to locations abroad. On February...

Book on Ginowan eisa published

Book on Ginowan <em>eisa</em> published

March 14, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ginowan Youth Eisa History Committee has published a book on eisa dance as performed in Ginowan. The book also covers the history of eisa in the local community, and took about five years to prepare. Using interviews and various documentary...