Okinawa governor, Chinese ambassador meet in Naha
July 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On June 30, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua came to Okinawa Prefecture to attend a ceremony marking the July 1 launch of the Naha-Fuzhou direct service by China Eastern Airlines. He met with Governor Takeshi Onaga in Naha city over a meal.
The governor visited Beijing in April with a delegation of Japan’s Association for the Promotion of International Trade and met with the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.
During that meeting, the governor lobbied to link Naha with Fuzhou, a city with deep historical ties to Okinawa. The ambassador’s visit to the prefecture seems to indicate China’s enthusiasm for strengthening economic exchanges with Okinawa.
“It’s a great thing that the service will be launched. That will be a foundation for exchanges with China,” Onaga said after meeting with the ambassador.
Two prefectural government officials were also present at the meeting, Mitsuyuki Maeda, head of the department of tourism and sports, and Akikazu Shimoji, head of the department of commerce, industry and labor.
The ambassador also visited Okinawa in 2011 to attend a ceremony marking the launch of the Naha-Beijing service by Hainan Airlines.
(English Translation by T&CT and Scott Murphy)
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