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Young people hold flash mob to send message to Ambassador Kennedy

Young people hold flash mob to send message to Ambassador Kennedy

February 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 11, a gathering, “Listen and tell Okinawa’s voices and thoughts, Ambassador Kennedy” was held in the public square in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. About 60 young people performed a flash mob with up-tempo music to send the message “Love and Peace.”

Masayuki Chinen, a junior grade student at Okinawa Christian University, said, “I started calling for participants three weeks ago. Young people gathered as...

 

Soil contaminated with harmful substance at U.S. helicopter crash site

February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the U.S. military announced the result of testing of soil at the site where an HH-60 rescue helicopter belonging to U.S. Air Force Kadena Air Base crashed in Camp Hansen in Ginoza last August. The lead level in one sample was 0.744 milligrams...

Okinawa accepts technical intern trainees from Indonesia

Okinawa accepts technical intern trainees from Indonesia

February 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To accept foreign on-the-job trainees, the fisheries industry and farmers set up the Churashima Cooperative Union. The union accepted 13 trainees from Indonesia this month and began training programs such as Japanese language classes. It is the first time for...

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

Okinawa rail named Kyonkyon

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The name of the Okinawa rail that the learning center in the Ada district of Kunigami Village has been raising is Kyonkyon. Six-year-old Riria Kinjo of Hentona Kindergarten came up with the name. The center invited children, including Kinjo to hold a ceremony...

Jurukunichi Festival for celebrating the New Year with ancestors

Jurukunichi Festival for celebrating the New Year with ancestors

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan people hold the Jurukunichi Festival or the New Year’s Day of the Dead on February 15 when is January 16 according to the Chinese calendar. In fine weather, more than ten families gathered to set tables on carpets in the Miegusuku district of Naha....

Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

February 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport opened a new international passenger terminal building on February 17. The opening ceremony took place in the building. The officials of the central and prefectural governments and representatives of the airlines celebrated the start of ‘a...

2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

2,000 protesters surround Government Office to demand Okinawa Governor’s resignation

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Last December Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the landfill application for the replacement of the U.S. Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago. On February 14, a citizens group and four opposition parties of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly held a rally...

Japan’s oldest shell tools found in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

Japan's oldest shell tools found in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa

February 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum announced on February 15 that archaeologists have unearthed 39 items of shell tools, accessories and human bones in the Sakitari Cave in Nanjo City.

Carbon dating of charcoal from the same formation suggests...

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

Nago Mayor to visit U.S. to voice opposition to Henoko relocation plan

February 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In Tokyo on February 13, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan for the first time. He announced to visit the United States as early as April. Reelected in the mayoral election, Inamine intends to...

Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa

Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa

February 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum has announced on February 10 that 13-year-old Asian elephant Ryuka is pregnant. It is the first time that an elephant has become pregnant in Okinawa. She is scheduled to give birth around next March. Ten elephants have been born...

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

Nago Mayor asks US Ambassador Kennedy to cancel relocation of Futenma base to Henoko

February 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy held a meeting with Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine at a hotel in Naha in the afternoon of February 12. Inamine asked the ambassador to abandon the plan of moving the Futenma base to Henoko, Nago, saying, “I do not want to...