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The Ryûkyû Shimpô (lit. "Ryukyu News(paper)")<ref>[http://jisho.org/words?jap=%E6%96%B0%E5%A0%B1&eng=&dict=edict Denshi Jisho]. Jisho.org. Accessed 6 September 2009.</ref> was the first [[Okinawa Prefecture|Okinawan]] newspaper<ref name=shimpo>"Ryūkyū Shimpō." ''Okinawa konpakuto jiten'' (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia"). [http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-43395-storytopic-121.html Ryukyu Shimpo] (琉球新報). 1 March 2003. Accessed 6 September 2009.</ref>. It was founded in 1893 by [[Sho Jun (1873-1945)|Shô Jun]], a former prince of the [[Kingdom of Ryukyu|Kingdom of Ryûkyû]]<ref>"Shō Jun." ''Okinawa rekishi jinmei jiten'' (沖縄歴史人名事典, "Encyclopedia of People of Okinawan History"). Naha: Okinawa Bunka-sha, 1996. p 40.</ref>, and is still in publication today.
 
The Ryûkyû Shimpô (lit. "Ryukyu News(paper)")<ref>[http://jisho.org/words?jap=%E6%96%B0%E5%A0%B1&eng=&dict=edict Denshi Jisho]. Jisho.org. Accessed 6 September 2009.</ref> was the first [[Okinawa Prefecture|Okinawan]] newspaper<ref name=shimpo>"Ryūkyū Shimpō." ''Okinawa konpakuto jiten'' (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia"). [http://ryukyushimpo.jp/news/storyid-43395-storytopic-121.html Ryukyu Shimpo] (琉球新報). 1 March 2003. Accessed 6 September 2009.</ref>. It was founded in 1893 by [[Sho Jun (1873-1945)|Shô Jun]], a former prince of the [[Kingdom of Ryukyu|Kingdom of Ryûkyû]]<ref>"Shō Jun." ''Okinawa rekishi jinmei jiten'' (沖縄歴史人名事典, "Encyclopedia of People of Okinawan History"). Naha: Okinawa Bunka-sha, 1996. p 40.</ref>, and is still in publication today.
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Historian [[George H. Kerr]] says of the newspaper, upon its founding, that it "strengthened leadership and promoted the development of informed opinion on matters of public concern"<ref>Kerr, George H. ''Okinawa: The History of an Island People'' (revised ed.). Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2003. p423.</ref>. It has also been described as speaking for the former ruling class of the kingdom. Editor-in-chief [[Ota Chofu|Ôta Chôfu]], along with others from the newspaper, played a role in the [[Kodo-kai Movement|Kôdô-kai Movement]], arguing for leadership of the prefecture to remain hereditary within the Shô family, and opposing the [[Freedom and People's Rights Movement]] (''Jiyû minken undô'') led in Okinawa by, among others, [[Jahana Noboru]]<ref name=rekishi>Shinzato, Keiji, et al. ''Okinawa-ken no rekishi'' (沖縄県の歴史, "History of Okinawa Prefecture"). Tokyo: Yamakawa Publishing, 1996. p192.</ref>.
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Historian [[George H. Kerr]] says of the newspaper, upon its founding, that it "strengthened leadership and promoted the development of informed opinion on matters of public concern"<ref>Kerr, George H. ''Okinawa: The History of an Island People'' (revised ed.). Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2003. p423.</ref>. It has also been described as speaking for the former ruling class of the kingdom. Editor-in-chief [[Ota Chofu|Ôta Chôfu]], along with others from the newspaper, played a role in the [[Kodokai|Kôdô-kai Movement]], arguing for leadership of the prefecture to remain hereditary within the Shô family, and opposing the [[Freedom and People's Rights Movement]] (''Jiyû minken undô'') led in Okinawa by, among others, [[Jahana Noboru]]<ref name=rekishi>Shinzato, Keiji, et al. ''Okinawa-ken no rekishi'' (沖縄県の歴史, "History of Okinawa Prefecture"). Tokyo: Yamakawa Publishing, 1996. p192.</ref>.
    
The Ryûkyû Shimpô company involved itself in development and modernization efforts in the island prefecture, spurring agricultural production and innovation by hosting competitions and exhibitions, and arranged in 1915 for the first demonstration of an airplane in Okinawa<ref>Kerr. pp430-432</ref>.
 
The Ryûkyû Shimpô company involved itself in development and modernization efforts in the island prefecture, spurring agricultural production and innovation by hosting competitions and exhibitions, and arranged in 1915 for the first demonstration of an airplane in Okinawa<ref>Kerr. pp430-432</ref>.
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