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RKK LINE to increase small cargo shipment

August 10, 2014 Akiko Kuwabara of Ryukyu Shimpo

To increase export cargo from Okinawa, RKK Shipping Lines Co. will start including 10-feet containers in its regular container shipping service from September. By using containers smaller than usual, the company aims to increase small cargo exports. RKK LINE also wants small-and-medium-sized companies in Okinawa to promote the service.

The company uses a route connecting Hakata, Kagoshima, Naha, Miyako, and Ishigaki with Gaoxiong in...

 

[Editorial]10th anniversary of US chopper crash onto Okinawa International University: Marine Corps should be withdrawn from Okinawa

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 13 marked 10 years since a U.S. Marine CH-53D helicopter crashed into a building at Okinawa International University in Ginowan City. Currently, 24 MV-22 Osprey aircraft are stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma near the university. MV-22 vertical...

People determined to protest against construction of a new base in Henoko

People determined to protest against construction of a new base in Henoko

August 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese government were about to set up a number of sea buoys and floats marking out an area for building a new U.S.military base around the investigation spots in Henokozaki. The new base is part of a replacement of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma....

Six children of emigrants learning Okinawan language and Ryukyuan dance in Kin Town

Six children of emigrants learning Okinawan language and Ryukyuan dance in Kin Town

August 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The opening ceremony and pep rally of the “2014 Kin Emigrant Youth Trainee Friendship Project,” which hosts children of Kin-born emigrants for a cultural training program, took place at Kin town hall on August 1. Six trainees from five countries will...

The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

The Great Tug-of-War of Ginowan

August 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The community association in the Oyama district of Ginowan held the Great Tug-of-War, at an athletic field of Oyama Elementary School on July 27. The tradition has a history of over 100 years.

Divided into two groups, Mendakari and Kushindarari, the residents...

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

All Okinawa Bullfighting Summer Tournament attracts 2,500 spectators

August 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 10, the All Okinawa Togyu (Bullfighting) Summer Tournament was held, sponsored jointly by the Okinawa Prefectural Bullfighting Federation and the RyukyuShimpo Co., at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. About 20 young and veteran bulls gathered...

Awamori promoted for registration in the World’s Cultural Heritage list

Awamori promoted for registration in the World's Cultural Heritage list

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 4, the Awamori Meister Association launched a preparatory committee to promote the inscribing of Awamori, which is made of Aspergillus luchuensis, to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Following Japanese cuisine, which was listed on the World...

JICA to resume sending teachers to Bolivia

August 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

While the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) stopped sending teachers to Bolivia in fiscal 2012, the organization has decided to resume the program in the next fiscal year.

In the 189th Multiracial Nation Bolivia Independence Ceremony, the head...

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe’s memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

Nobel Prize-winning author Oe's memo directed to Okinawan atomic bomb survivors found

August 6, 2014 Mamoru Yasuda of Ryukyu Shimpo

Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe wrote a book about Okinawa titled Okinawa Notes. He has deep emotional ties to the prefecture. When he visited Okinawa for the first time in 1965, Oe met Okinawan atomic bomb survivors, and wrote a memoir...

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

Smaller summer bonus of suku fish this year

August 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 27, which is July 1 in the lunar calendar, on Ojima Island, Tamagusuku, Nanjo, fisherman brought in their annual bonus catch of young rabbitfish, called suku in Okinawan language.They returned from the sea in the early morning, carrying baskets filled with...

Traditional wooden sailboat Maransen revived on Henza Island

Traditional wooden sailboat <em>Maransen</em> revived on Henza Island

August 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A wooden sailboat called Maransen was restored for the first time following the Battle of Okinawa. The sailboat was presented to residents at Henza public hall in Uruma City on July 31. A presentation ceremony was not held due to the effect of typhoon No....