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Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

Astronomer of Miyako-jima descent to research in France

May 27, 2013 Yoko Shima of Ryukyu Shimpo

Yoshito Shimajiri, a 31-year-old astronomer whose father is from Miyako-jima City, will be hired at the National Institute of Saclay in France from June. It is rare for this institute to employ Japanese researchers. When Shimajiri came to Miyako-jima visiting family he would observe the stars with a telescope that he brought with him. “I was really glad to be able to see stars so clearly in Miyako-jima. I want to work towards...

 

Indian elephant Ryuka eats cake for 13th birthday

Indian elephant Ryuka eats cake for 13th birthday

May 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19, a birthday ceremony for Indian elephant Ryuka was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She turned 13 years old on May 22. About 50 people celebrated her birthday by singing songs. Children made a birthday cake with 15 kilograms of 15 kinds of fruit and...

Entrepreneurs to hold “Startup Weekend Organizer summit” in Okinawa

Entrepreneurs to hold

May 26, 2013 Ryoki Nagahama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Event organizers from all around the world involved in the Startup Weekend will meet for the first time in Asia in Urasoe this autumn. According to the organizer, Startup Weekend is a global network of leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to...

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

World Youth Uchinanchu Festival to be held in LA this July

May 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 16, Minami Tamamoto, the director of the Okinawa head office of the World Youth Uchinanchu Association (WYUA), and Shingi Kuniyoshi, the president of the Okinawa Association of America (OAA), held a press conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office to provide...

[Editorial] Do not fly flawed military aircraft over Okinawa

May 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter belonging to Kadena Air Base crashed in the Pacific about 115 kilometers east of Okinawa. The Okinawa Fisheries Cooperative has fish aggregating devices in the water around the so-called “Area Hotel-Hotel” airspace and waters designated...

Agreement to use Thai rice for awamori brewing

Agreement to use Thai rice for <em>awamori</em> brewing

May 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, the Prefectural Brewing Association and the Thai Rice Exporters Association entered into an agreement to promote the use of Thai rice for awamori brewing. They agreed on the safety and stable supply of Thai rice and activities to help expand the...

Removal of Cold War-era US nuclear base almost complete

Removal of Cold War-era US nuclear base almost complete

May 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 23, the Okinawa Defense Bureau showed the media a vacant lot in the Gimbaru Training Area where Mace B surface-launched missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads were based. The Gimbaru Training Area was returned to the Kin Municipal Office in 2011. The...

Three cases involving military personnel on duty not being subject to punishment

Three cases involving military personnel on duty not being subject to punishment

May 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Of the 188 cases resulting injury and death involving U.S. service members in Japan that have occurred on duty during the period from 2009 to 2011, three were processed as being not subject to punishment.

While disciplinary action was taken against service...

Citizens of Okinawa City guide students from main islands of Japan around Koza

Citizens of Okinawa City guide students from main islands of Japan around Koza

May 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, in the area around Goya Crossroads, the Okinawa City Tourist Information Center conducted a guided walking tour of what used to be Koza City (now Okinawa City) for students on a school excursion. Twenty-four local citizens guided 119 students of Nara Gakuen...

Fantastic lights from fireflies in Ogimi Village

Fantastic lights from fireflies in Ogimi Village

May 21, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Since Okinawa entered the rainy season on May 17, fireflies have been adding a mysterious glow to the nights in Kijoka, Ogimi Village. They are the Luciola kuroiwae species of firefly, which is about 5 mm long.

People enjoyed the light show for about one hour...

Large eel appears on road

Large eel appears on road

May 20, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 16, an eel 1.4-meter long weighing 7.6-kilogram was found on the road in the Katsurenhama district of Uruma. A resident picked it up and took it the local community center. Hama Ward Chief Yoshiteru Shinzato said that he was very surprised to see...