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Okinawa Governor says in New Year’s greeting he will block construction of new US base

Okinawa Governor says in New Year's greeting he will block construction of new US base

January 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga made his New Year greeting to government staff members over an office broadcast. In order to realize his pledge from the gubernatorial campaign, he said he would appeal “firmly to [public and governments] in Japan and abroad”. He said, “I will not allow to build a new U.S. base in Henoko. I want to discuss this issue with the governments of Japan and the United States.” During the gubernatorial race held...

 

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

Island-Wide Council to appeal to United Nations and United States

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, the “Island-Wide Council for Leading to the Future and Realizing the Okinawa Statement” held its first general assembly. The council was formed by citizens and intellectuals from Okinawan politics, industry, workforce and citizens’...

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19 at live house Seventh Heaven in Okinawa City, a party to celebrate the awarding of the Okinawa Cultural Merit Award to Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, an Okinawan Rock legend known as “Bearded Kat-chan,” was held. Receiving the award from the rock...

Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum

January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. Two sheep from a pasture in Kyushu have joined the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. One is a two-year-old male and the other is four-year-old female.

The sheep have 100 percent natural wool...

Citizen group aims to nominate Nuchi du Takara for Nobel Peace Prize

Citizen group aims to nominate <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> for Nobel Peace Prize

December 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 23, a meeting was held in Naha to set up the Nuchi du Takara Society (tentative). The society will work towards getting the concept of ‘Nuchi du Takara’ nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nuchi du Takara is Okinawan dialect for...

Consul general of Germany Karsten visits Ginoza to see “Never War Again”

Consul general of Germany Karsten visits Ginoza to see

December 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Ingo Karsten visited Ginoza Village for the first time to see a production titled “1914-1918 The First World War Collage – Nie Wieder Krieg (Never War Again)” on December 28. This drama,...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium exhibiting fish from coral reefs in Okinawa

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium exhibiting fish from coral reefs in Okinawa

December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 27, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium opened its “Oriental Zodiac Aquarium,” which is held every year. This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. About 200 fish named after brightly-colored sheep, swam in tanks at the aquarium....

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

Dedicatory ceremony held at Shuri Castle

December 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shuri Tonokura Community Association held a Nubi dedicatory ceremony at Shuri Castle on December 28. As part of the ceremony, people traditionally took water from the Heduukka River in Kunigami and presented it to the Ryukyu Kingdom’s authorities...

U.S soldier arrested for trespassing in Okinawa City: possibly intoxicated

January 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 2, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 23-year-old second class-ranking staff sergeant, based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. He was sent to the public prosecutor’s office. According to the police station, the suspect denies...

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

Villagers pray to newborn sun at ruins of Nakagusuku Castle

December 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the early morning on December 21, people gathered to worship the rising sun of the winter solstice at the ruins of Nakagusuku Castle. Many villagers from Nakagusuku and Kitanakagusuku took part in the ceremony to pray for good health and development of the...

Yokota wins Miss Onna Nabi crown

Yokota wins Miss <em>Onna Nabi</em> crown

December 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 21 at Onna Village Community Experience and Learning Center, the new “Miss Onna Nabi,” a role designed for the promotion of tourism in Onna Village, was held. Twenty-nine year-old Ayaka Yokota won the Grand Prix and 33-year-old...