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The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry expects to commercialize first-ever mineral extraction from the Okinawan seafloor

 

September 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced September 26 that for the first time ever, a large quantity of minerals, including valuable resources such as gold, were successfully extracted from an approximately 1,600 meter-long hydrothermal mineral deposit in the sea floor off the coast of Okinawa.

METI expects that the increase ore extraction efficacy will lead to establishing the techniques...

 

Okinawa plans to improve their Agu pig stock by freezing genetic material of select specimens

Okinawa plans to improve their Agu pig stock by freezing genetic material of select specimens

September 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Prefecture is moving forward with a plan to freeze the semen of select Agu pigs, the native pig breed in Okinawa.

As part of a plan to improve Okinawa Agu pork, pigs that grow quickly and produce the best meat will have their semen...

ANA International Logistics Hub to end Saturday shipping and suspend flights from Qingdao and Xiamen to improve profits

ANA International Logistics Hub to end Saturday shipping and suspend flights from Qingdao and Xiamen to improve profits

 

August 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced on August 23 that it would be stopping 20 Saturday overnight flights which depart from their international logistics hub at Naha Airport as of October 29 due to insufficient cargo loads.

These...

Mangos from Okinawa get priced at 150000 yen in Tokyo

Mangos from Okinawa get priced at 150000 yen in Tokyo

July 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Representatives from the prefectural government, JA Okinawa, and Tomigusuku City visited the Ota Market in Tokyo to promote Okinawan tropical fruits such as mangoes in the early morning of July 6. During the bidding, a one-kilogram box with two mangos from Okinawa...

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

1,000 Mangoes on one tree at Higa’s Farm in Nakijin!

July 3, 2017 by Takahiro Arashiro Ryukyu Shimpo

Nakijin – A single mango tree has yielded close to 1,000 mangoes at Mineo Higa’s (65) mango farm, “Orchard Higa” in Imadomari, Nakijin, creating a buzz throughout the region. The tree is around 29 years old. The branches of the mango...

Professional Baseball Spring Training in Okinawa shatters economic records, bring in in 10.9 billion yen and 350,000 tourists

Professional Baseball Spring Training in Okinawa shatters economic records, bring in in 10.9 billion yen and 350,000 tourists

June 16, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryugin Research Institute (Naha, Okinawa, Toru Ikehata, CEO) announced the economic effect of the 2017 Okinawa Pro Baseball Spring Training June 15. In addition to the Nippon Series and League champion team holding their spring training in Okinawa, the Yomiuri...

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

May 25, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) released their 2016 report for the Multilingual Contact Center, which handles foreign visitors. The number of support cases for 2016 increased 8.7% from the previous year to 7,145. A large number of requests...

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

May 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries, Ltd (Urasoe, Okinawa; Yoshio Kadekaru, President), widely known as Okinawa’s hometown beer, reached the 60th anniversary of its founding on May 18. 12 years after the conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa, at a time when the industrial infrastructure...

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

3 Okinawan liquor makers hold strategy meeting with foreign marketing specialists to develop the “Awamori Brand”

January 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The consulting company Blueship Okinawa (Naha, CEO Hiroumi Keimatsu) and with three Okinawan liquor makers held a press conference at the Chuko Distillery on January 7, announcing the development of a branding project with the goal of expanding “Ryukyu Awamori”...

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

Business leader says 2,000 people will be given opportunity to work in Henoko if hotels are built instead of US base

February 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chokei Taira, the president of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors‘ Bureau (OCVB), delivered a lecture titled “Rethink about the future of Okinawa and the tourism industry” held on February 20 at Okinawa International University.

Taira...

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

OCVB holds Muslim recipe contest

February 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 29, Okinawa Prefectural Government and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held the final selection meeting for a Muslim recipe contest, created to attract visitors from Muslim countries, at Tiruru (Okinawa Gender Equality Center), Naha....

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