Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baby manta ray born in Okinawa aquarium / NHK WORLD English

A baby manta ray has been born in an aquarium in Okinawa. The 66-kilogram female was born on Monday. It folded its 1.82-meter-wide body during the birth.

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Chinese tourists flock to Japan, lift weak economy | Stars and Stripes

Snapping up four Japanese luxury Seiko watches as if they were cheap chocolate souvenirs, a 36-year-old Chinese tourist plunks down $4,500 in cash at a glitzy store.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ai Miyazato soars to top spot in women's golf - JapanUpdate.com

Only days after refocusing herself on her game, Ai Miyazato swept past the competition to win the ShopRite Classic and claim the number one position in the Rolex / Ladies Professional Golf Association rankings.

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Apologies, criticism at Battle of Okinawa 65th Anniversary Memorial - JapanUpdate.com

More than 5,500 Okinawans turned out at Memorial Peace Park Wednesday to pay homage to the tens of thousands who died in the bloody, 82-day Battle of Okinawa in Spring 1945, and to listen to the Prime Minister and the Governor of Okinawa speak out.

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Kan, Obama agree on aiming to reduce Okinawa's burden in hosting U.S. troops - The Mainichi Daily News

Prime Minister Naoto Kan and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed on July 27 (July 28 Japanese time) to make efforts to lighten Okinawa's burden in hosting U.S. military bases and to deepen the Japan-U.S. alliance.

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Japan, U.S. agree to deepen alliance, cooperate on Futenma, N Korea › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Japan and the United States agreed Sunday to deepen their bilateral alliance further while working closely on a range of bilateral and global issues, including the relocation of a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa, responses to North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean warship and Iran’s nuclear programs.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Early Years Pre-Dijicam « Dijicam In Japan

The Early Years Pre-Dijicam « Dijicam In Japan

Ryukyu Mike proves that you can do anything in the dijital age. But, just like the old "Dragnet" series, sometimes you can even change the names to protect the innocent or, as in this case, the not so innocent. That's especially true when it's the name of your blog....

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Still shy of reversion after all these years | The Japan Times Online

Just about the time Yukio Hatoyama resigned as Japan's prime minister, apologizing to the Okinawa people in tears, I was writing about the last day of Yukio Mishima's life — Nov. 25, 1970.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Awamori: A stiff taste of the tropics | CNNGo.com

In the West, 'tropical drinks' are normally fruity concoctions festooned with plastic monkeys and paper umbrellas. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but Japan, as usual, has its own unique take as to what constitutes a tropical drink. And there's nary a sword-skewered Maraschino cherry in sight. In sunny Okinawa -- sometimes called Japan's Caribbean -- the drink of choice is awamori, straight up or on the rocks.

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A winery without vineyards | CNNGo.com

Making pineapple wine at Nago Pineapple Park

Nestled in the hills of northern Okinawa, Japan, the Nago Pineapple Park winery has turned into a major tourist attraction

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WWII battlefields soon to get additional protection - JapanUpdate.com

Inspections of World War II battlefield will begin this fall, with an eye to better protecting the battlefields while making more practical use of the cultural and historic sites.

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Here's looking at Yu, kid › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

It’s rare to go a week without seeing Yu Yamada’s face on a billboard, in a TV commercial, on a fashion magazine cover, in a TV drama or singing at a concert.

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Aya Ueto in “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite” – Tokyograph « Karakui – Okinawan Pop Culture

Aya Ueto (24) will star in a short drama series this fall, titled “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite.” This will be her first time leading a series on NHK.

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Shuri Castle Portraits (645D) « Chris Willson's Blog

Dropped by Shuri Castle early this afternoon to take some photos. Unfortunately the sky clouded over and scaffolding covered half of the building. I did however mange to get a couple of portraits of the girls in traditional Okinawan costume that pose with visitors to the castle.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kan apologizes for base burden | The Japan Times Online

Prime Minister Naoto Kan offered an apology Wednesday to people in Okinawa for forcing them to host most of the U.S. military presence in Japan but indicated the bases are indispensable to peace in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sengoku:Futenma relocation could go on beyond 2014 / NHK World

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku has suggested the relocation of a US Marine Corps air base in Okinawa might not be completed by the 2014 deadline put in place by the governments of Japan and the US.

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Okinawa marks 65th memorial day: Video Report / NHK WORLD English

Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa is observing the 65th anniversary of the end of organized combat between the Japanese Army and US forces at the end of World War Two.

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US-Japan security pact turns 50, faces new strains | Stars and Stripes

Uncertainty over a Marine base and plans to move thousands of U.S. troops to Guam are straining a post-World War II security alliance Japan and the United States set 50 years ago, but Tokyo's new leader said Tuesday he stands behind the pact.

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America's China policy flop | The Japan Times Online

Success breeds confidence, and rapid success spawns arrogance. That, in a nutshell, is the China problem facing Asian states and the West. But no country faces a bigger dilemma on China than the United States because the present American policy simply isn't advancing its objectives.

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Prayer for peace in Okinawa | The Japan Times Online

June 23 is Okinawa Memorial Day to remember the destruction and the loss of lives the Battle of Okinawa brought and to pray for the victims' souls and for peace. It should be a day for all Japanese to think about the hardship Okinawan people have experienced and the issue of U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Court turns down suit against use of Okinawa land for U.S. bases - The Mainichi Daily News

The Naha District Court on Tuesday turned down a suit challenging the government's expropriation of land lots for the use of U.S. forces in Okinawa, including land on which the Marine Corps' Futenma air station is located.

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Rare video of Iriomote Yamaneko taken / NHK WORLD English

A tourist on Japan's Iriomote Island has captured very rare footage of a species of wildcat found only on the island.

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Assembly hands Roos demand to ax Futenma relocation plan | The Japan Times Online

The chairman of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on Monday handed U.S. Ambassador John Roos a letter demanding that the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within the prefecture be scrapped.

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asahi.com(朝日新聞社):JAPAN BIZ TRACK: In today's economy, weaker yen may save Japan - English

The crisis of confidence in the euro caused the yen to strengthen against all other major currencies. In the flight to safety triggered by the latest financial market turmoil, investors around the world began buying up the yen.

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asahi.com(朝日新聞社):China seeks to neutralize Japan-U.S. security treaty - English

A rapid buildup of nuclear weapons by China and its apparent determination to restrict United States forces' access to the western Pacific is threatening to transform the balance of power in East Asia.

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Miyazato wins ShopRite, will take over top ranking - The Mainichi Daily News

Okinawa, Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 Sunday to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Miyazato, who turned 25 on Saturday, is guaranteed to take over the No. 1 spot in Monday's rankings after her fourth victory of the season.

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Ai Miyazato is new No. 1 in women's golf › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Women’s golf has a new No. 1 player in Ai Miyazato of Okinawa, Japan. Miyazato leads the latest rankings released on Monday, a day after her victory at the ShopRite Classic in Galloway Township, New Jersey.

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Okinawa Karatedo & Kobudo: Starting Out

What do you need to practice Karate if you’re a new student? No, this isn’t a trick question. Well, I think you need three basic things: an organized pedagogy (i.e. style), you need to practice, and you need a teacher (i.e. sensei).

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Futenma fight could linger despite Japan's new prime minister - Okinawa - Stripes

In the first few minutes of his inaugural speech last week, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan mentioned the issue that brought down his predecessor: the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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Okinawa holds memorial service for war orphans / NHK WORLD English

A memorial service has been held for the first time for children who died at an orphanage in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, after the Battle of Okinawa.

About 60 people, including those who spent their childhood in the orphanage, attended the service organized by Okinawa City.

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Rainy season seems to be over in Okinawa+

This year's rainy season is believed to have ended in the area surrounding Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan, the Okinawa Meteorological Observatory said Saturday.

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Yamada to star as luckless woman in TV Asahi drama › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Okinawan born actress Yu Yamada will play a continuing role in a new TV Asahi series set to begin July 9. In the drama, titled “Eri on the Edge – A Story about Money,” Yamada, 25, will play the lead role of Eriko, a down-on-her-luck, penniless woman.

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Thinking outside the base regarding China › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

In a recent issue of Foreign Policy, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Fogel predicted that China’s GDP will reach $123 trillion by 2040. He also predicted that the U.S.’s share of global GDP will be roughly one third that of China’s. If China’s GDP surpasses that of the U.S., then it’s very likely that China’s military budget will also surpass that of the U.S.

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Resort to sheer pleasure on Ishigaki Island | The Japan Times Online

Want to get away from it all? Then why not fly 2,000 km toward the Equator from Tokyo to Ishigaki, the main island of the southerly Yaeyama group in Okinawa Prefecture. And once there, then treat yourself to a stay at Club Med Kabira Beach, where you can do almost anything you want — or nothing at all.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Energy partnership features Hawaii and Okinawa - Yahoo! Finance

The United States and Japan are partnering up on clean energy programs that will be explored in Hawaii and Okinawa.

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Prefecture to demand construction of 82km rail system - JapanUpdate.com

Acknowledging up front it’s an expensive proposition, Okinawa Prefecture has decided to press the central government for special promotion funds to build a rail system that would run from Itoman City in the south to Nago City in the north.

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Twitter a hit in Japan as millions 'mumble' online - The Mainichi Daily News

Twitter is a hit in Japan, succeeding where other social networking imports like Facebook have foundered as millions "mumble" -- the translation of tweet -- and give mini-blogging a distinctly Japanese flavor.

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Mike's Ryukyu Gallery: Contest, Guest Blog, Photo Theft and Other Important Stuff- Even SEO

If you want to get rich writing your own blog, hold a contest, have a guest blogger and pay attention to SEO. This is stuff I read all the time on the internet. Getting rich, SEO, Contests and Guest Bloggers are requirements and if you don't pay attention to Mr. SEO, guess what? You'll never get rich !

The other stuff in the title, I just threw up there to fill up the empty space. Big Titles, long ones, they should count for something, too so, that's where the idea of Important Stuff came from.

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Japanese ex-marine strives to debunk deterrence 'myth' | The Japan Times Online

A Japanese man with the unusual background of having served in the U.S. Marine Corps is using his experience to vigorously campaign against the U.S. military presence in Okinawa.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

U.S. military has Chinese seeing red | The Japan Times Online

Although China voted with the United States and other countries to impose another round of sanctions against Iran in the United Nations Security Council, there is still little political trust between the two countries, especially between their militaries.

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Ginowan mayor, a base foe, may run for governor | The Japan Times Online

The mayor of Ginowan, the site of Okinawa's contentious U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, hinted Wednesday he may run in the gubernatorial election scheduled for November and threatened to throw a spanner in the process of relocating the base within the prefecture.

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Ranchers hope to save tuna | The Japan Times Online

It's 2050. The commercial fishing industry has all but collapsed after a century of overzealous harvesting.

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Key U.S. leaders to visit Okinawa - JapanUpdate.com

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan is to visit Okinawa this week while a senior U.S. State Department official will be the first American leader to meet Japan’s new Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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Ceremony to mark end of Battle of Okinawa / Okinawa briefs - News - Stripes

The 65th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa will be recognized during a ceremony Wednesday at Peace Prayer Park in Itoman.

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Kan said Okinawa should become independent state? | The Japan Times Online

Remarks last year by Naoto Kan on Okinawa made waves Wednesday after a book by an Upper House member from the prefecture said the new prime minister recently recommended it should become independent from Japan.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

China ups the ante in Asia | The Japan Times Online

In the opening session last month of the China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogue, Chinese President Hu Jintao said it was natural for the two countries to disagree on some issues. What was important, he added, was to "respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, appropriately handle the sensitive issues and strengthen the foundation of mutual trust."

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Futenma plan firm, Kan tells Nakaima | The Japan Times Online

Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated Tuesday his intention to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa, telling Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima that the agreement reached by the Hatoyama administration with the U.S. will stand despite the change of Cabinet.

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Japan's prime minister: Futenma move on track - Okinawa - Stripes

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, during his first meeting with the governor of Okinawa, confirmed Tuesday that the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Okinawa will continue as planned, Kyodo News reported.

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App Review: Japanese 101 - Particles — zonjineko!

Let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you, like me, think that learning Japanese is great fun. However, there are certain aspects of the language such as particles that can test even the most ardent Japanophile.

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U.S. military presence on Okinawa continues to be a hot topic | The Japan Times Online

China has nuclear weapons and Japan does not. China wants the Senkaku islands and Japan wants the Senkaku islands. China wants the resources underneath and Japan needs the resources underneath. China sends warships and so does Japan. Japanese ships are more modern and win the naval standoff or naval battle. Many Chinese sailors are hurt or die and China cannot capitulate and threatens Tokyo and Osaka with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Oops!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kicking it with karate's grandmasters / Asia Times

The true birthplace of what we now call karate is Okinawa, which is to karate what Mecca in Saudi Arabia is to Muslims; a pilgrimage to the birthplace. Students truly invested in their training go there to learn what karate truly is.

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Okinawa governor resists U.S. base relocation plan › Japan Today

Okinawa Gov Hirokazu Nakaima on Tuesday put up stiff resistance to the government’s plan to relocate a key U.S. military base to Okinawa Prefecture’s northern coastal area during his first meeting with new Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

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