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Mural of coral in Okinawa

Mural of coral in Okinawa

June 23, 2013 Kyoko Agarie, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Coral Preservation Association is trying to preserve coral by informing residents in Serikyaku on Izena Island about its importance. On June 14, the association worked with children to complete a large mural on the back of the head office of the Izena Fisheries Cooperative.

Mainly centered on about 120 cooperative members, the association has been working to preserve coral since three years ago.

The association...

 

Song Leftovers of the Warship inscribed on stone

Song <em>Leftovers of the Warship</em> inscribed on stone

June 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The monument featuring an Okinawa folk song Kanpo nu Kwe-nukusaa (Leftovers of the Warship) has been completed in Sobe in Yomitan. This well-known Okinawan folk song, written by Koubin Higa describes the feelings of people who survived the war.

The...

Town needs to work to preserve Tanabaru Field Hospital Shelter

Town needs to work to preserve Tanabaru Field Hospital Shelter

June 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In June 2013, rocks falls inside the Tanabaru Shelter in Nishihara highlight the urgent need to carry out preservation work.

The local education board and a volunteer group for recovering war remains are searching inside the shelter, which the Imperial Japanese...

Kishaba Elementary School’s seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

Kishaba Elementary School's seniors hold graduation ceremony after 68 years

June 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 19, a graduation ceremony was held at Kitanakagusuku Elementary School for graduates who were unable to receive their certificates due to the war. Seventeen people who were due to graduate in March 1945 are now at least 80 years old. They were happy to be...

Okinawa Governor and Mayors ask Prime Minister for more information on return of U.S. bases

Okinawa Governor and Mayors ask Prime Minister for more information on return of U.S. bases

June 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 12, Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and 27 mayors met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. They asked him to provide more detail about the plan to return U.S. bases and land south of Kadena Air Base, and for information on the alternatives to the closed bases. The...

[Editorial] Yonaguni should promote exchange with Taiwan instead of accepting SDF

June 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Members of the Yonaguni Town Assembly have unanimously passed a bill leasing land owned by the town to the Ministry of Defense. This will enable the Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to station a coast guard unit on the island. We question such a plan being pushed...

Eisa Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

<em>Eisa</em> Dance Monument set up at Koza Athletic Park

June 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 13, the Okinawa Zento Eisa Festival Executive Committee held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of the “Eisa Dance Monument” in Koza Athletic Park, Okinawa City. This day marks six years since the Okinawa City declared...

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

People vow to pass on lessons from tragedy

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 23, the day commemorating 68 years after the battle of Okinawa ended, the Okinawa Prefectural Government and Assembly held the Okinawa Memorial Service for all the war dead at the Peace Memorial Park, Mabuni in Itoman. Those present prayed for the souls of...

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

40% of Battle of Okinawa survivors suffer from PTSD

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Psychiatrists and other specialists in Okinawa have looked into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues among Battle of Okinawa survivors. They have found that about 40 percent of elderly Okinawa residents who experienced the Battle of Okinawa are likely to...

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins top award in All Japan Great Pastry Fair 2013

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins top award in All Japan Great Pastry Fair 2013

June 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co. has won the Honorary President Award in the technical section of the 26th National Confectionery Great Exhibition held in Hiroshima with its Princess Moon Mango & Shikuwasa set.

First released in June 2011, this sweet...

Mortuary tablet of Confucius returns to Kume after 69 years

Mortuary tablet of Confucius returns to Kume after 69 years

June 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 15, the Kume-soseikai held an inauguration ceremony for the New Kume Confucian Temple in the Kume district of Naha. They carried out a parade to move the mortuary tablet of Confucius from the temple at Wakasa to the new temple.

The Kume-soseikai is...