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[Editorial]Okinawa should spearhead a global drive to promote peace

January 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The New Year is upon us. At the beginning of a year in which Japan marks the 68th anniversary of the end of the war, we would like to think about Japan following the path of a peaceful country. At the same time, we suggest that we look at the desired future for Okinawan society and press ahead with discussion at multiple levels among the Okinawan people about how peace, autonomy and independence should be.

The Japanese Constitution renounces war. The...

 

Hija-lover group holds event in Oishi Park in Naha

<em>Hija</em>-lover group holds event in Oishi Park in Naha

December 18, 2012 Ayako Sakaguchi of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, at Oishi Park in Naha, people fond of goats, or hija as they are known in the Okinawan dialect, held a year-end party and was also designed to foster friendship among people in the community. Many people, including the...

People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

People and fish enjoy string music in Miyako

December 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 9, at the Miyako Undersea Park Observation Facility, in Miyako-jima, the Japanese String Teachers Association (JASTA) held what was called “The Concert in the Sea.” This was a pre-event for the JASTA String Festival 2013, which will be held next...

OPG and tourism industry aim to attract 1000 resort wedding couples from abroad

OPG and tourism industry aim to attract 1000 resort wedding couples from abroad

December 21, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 20, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), the Okinawa
Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Okinawa Resort Wedding Association announced an international promotion plan through which by 2015 they aim to attract one thousand resort wedding...

Mongoose boldly crosses street in Nago

Mongoose boldly crosses street in Nago

December 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 15, a mongoose was seen to cross the street at the Gusuku intersection in Nago. When the light turned green, the mongoose slowly started to cross while looking both ways for oncoming cars. The animal succeeded in crossing the road.

Some elementary...

En Group to expand brown sugar exports to Hong Kong

December 19, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

En Group, which runs restaurants and a wholesale business based in Asia, is considering increasing its exports of Okinawan brown sugar to Hong Kong more than ten times from about 35 tons to 400 tons. This is the equivalent of almost five percent of the 2012 to...

Kijoka Elementary School pupils find red-billed starling

Kijoka Elementary School pupils find red-billed starling

December 18, 2012 Ryota Nakamura of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Three sixth-grade pupils of Kijoka Elementary School in Ogimi Village have filmed a red-billed starling. The school has conducted bird-watching in the area since 1988.

Red-billed starlings are rarely seen in Kijoka. In fact, almost...

Farm shop opens with 250 varieties of hibiscus flowers

Farm shop opens with 250 varieties of hibiscus flowers

December 19, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

This December, the Yaka Farm Shop, in Yaka, Kin Town, opened selling more than 250 different varieties of hibiscus from all around the globe. An array of colorful flowers welcome the customers to the shop, which is a joint project run by the owner, Takashi Gushiken,...

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

Former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman publishes book to commemorate Koza Riot

December 20, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Koza Riot, which occurred before dawn on December 20, 1970, 66 year-old former Ryukyu Shimpo cameraman Kazuo Kuniyoshi published a photo book entitled STAND! He has been taking photographs of the U.S. military bases...

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

Book about U.S. military base issues in Okinawa published

December 16, 2012 Michiyo Yonamine of the Ryukyu Shimpo

A book called Resistant Islands, which looks at the issue of U.S. military bases from the viewpoint of local residents, was published in the United States this summer. Satoko Norimatsu, the director of the Peace Philosophy Centre,...

OCVB attracts Taiwanese TV drama crew

OCVB attracts Taiwanese TV drama crew

December 14, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 13, the Okinawa Film Office of the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) reported that they had invited a Taiwanese drama and successfully finished the filming.

From December 4 to 11, a Taiwanese television drama entitled How...