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Community

Voters choose economy, lifestyle over base issues

Voters made it plain Sunday that politicians should be concentrating on improving Okinawa’s ailing economy instead of worrying about where a controversial American military base should be relocated. Aiko Shimajiri, who campaigned on a theme of “change politics from the kitchen, promised to beef up the prefecture’s economy and improve the standards of living, easily won her Upper House race against an anti-bases activist.   Read More!

Japanese, American scouts to hold jamborette at Camp Kinser

More than 800 American and Japanese Boy and Girl Scouts will team-up and take part in the 18th US-Japan Friendship Jamborette aboard Camp Kinser April 27-29. This year’s event commemorates the 100th year of scouting and will bring American and Japanese scouts together in a spirit of friendship and international understanding.   Read More!

Entertainment

Twin Kodomo no Kuni festivals special for kids

Japanese television characters, sports games, music and dance go together on Okinawa beginning Saturday in a pair of kokomo no kuni festivals. The first festival runs Saturday through Monday at the Okinawa City Zoo, giving youngsters an opportunity to meet popular TV character Maji Red.   Read More!

Jamaica's Kris Kelli headlines weekend 2007 Reggae Festival

The hypnotic sounds of reggae will be all over the Okinawa stage Saturday night as virtually every Japanese musical reggae group jumps in for the 2007 Japan Reggae Festival. No fewer than 18 Japanese groups will team with Kris Kelli, a 22-year-old Jamaican whose music stretches well beyond the reggae sounds that propelled her to initial stardom.   Read More!

Shopping

Okinawa products score well at Spring Bazaar

A new entrant joined dozens of vendors last weekend for Camp Foster’s Spring Bazaar, offering local Okinawa-made products ranging from clothes made with hand woven cloth to handicrafts and cookies. It was Okinawa Prefecture’s first face-to-face approach to the American community, bringing its Industrial Product Public Corporation to the three-day bazaar.   Read More!

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