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Last Update: September 7, 2012


The Spectacular Circus Called G8 Summit Comes To Town

Let the three-ring circus begin. Here we sit (in the front row) a mere six weeks away from what will be one of the most defining moments of this coming century.   Read More!

AWL to Hold Fundraiser for No-Kill Shelter

In an important move towards creating a better environment for unwanted animals, the Animal Welfare League will have a fund-raiser on Saturday, June 10th at the Morrigan's Irish Pub. The Animal Welfare League plans to use the funds raised to make a real impact on Okinawa by building a no kill shelter to house unwanted pets until they find a home.   Read More!

Profiles on countries, leaders and agendas of the G8 countries

Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19th, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. At twelve years old, he regularly attended church by himself.   Read More!

British Prime Minister Invited to View Historic Chatan Ship Replica

In Araha Park, just back from the Hamby Town beach, is a life size replica of a wooden sailing ship. A popular place for kids to play, it has ramps to clamber over, netting for scaling one side and a tube to slide down from the deck to the ground.   Read More!


Bilingual symposium organized by Seattle Colleges East-Asia Network

"How can American people living on base contribute to the English Education of Okinawan youth today?" The aim of our latest project is to find a solution to the current problem that the educational system in Japan has regarding English education. Many efforts have already been made to begin reforming the approach to English education in Okinawa.   Read More!


Diving For Christmas Tree Worms And Nudibranches In Devil's Cove

In the second of John Chandler’s explorations of Okinawa’s great dive sites he looks at a fascinating location where you can find a sunken boat, hard and soft corals and augur shells. It is also a good place for snorkelers, non-diving friends, family or children to relax by the beach.   Read More!

Karate Competition Reflects Spirit of Mutual Understanding

Martial Artists are perhaps the most courteous type of people I've ever met and we at Japan Update were honored to report on The Okinawan Kempo Association's Friendship Competition held at Camp Kinser's gymnasium last Sunday. Courtesy or manners do count for something, indeed, the highest ranking officals of the Association were the most accommodating.   Read More!


Multimedia Fair Promises New Industry for Okinawa

Last Friday and Saturday, the Ginowan Convention Center was packed with people waiting to see the latest in multimedia technology. Seventy-five companies, from web-design to ISP's, lined the inside of the convention center with informational booths attempting to attract and educate the local population to a potentially lucrative industry.   Read More!


Nine Weeks Across Japan on a Hand Powered Tricycle

Karen Dark, from Yorkshire, England, was recently in Okinawa on a nine-week cycling trip through Japan, which started in Sapporo. Dark is an unusual endurance cyclist in that she cannot walk.   Read More!


Furaibo Pub – A Quaint Little Bargain Beyond Belief

Furaibo is a quaint little izakaya, or Japanese pub restaurant, located near Awase. The name, translated in English, means “vagabond.   Read More!

Fresh Firm and Moist, The Subtle Pleasure of Cuban Cigars

The Aroma is pure pleasure to the true connoisseur. Now it’s true---the United States still has a trade embargo against this tiny communist island in the West Indies.   Read More!

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