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Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

Naha Airport’s Runway No. 2 open for use, first flight to land greeted by firehose arch

March 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport’s No. 2 runway, built by filling in land off the coast, opened for use March 26.

The runway’s first arrival, a flight from Skymark Airlines, touched down at 8:05 a.m., and was greeted by a water arch provided by a pair of firetrucks on either side.

Runway No. 2 runs 2,700 meters in length, with a width of 60 meters. The completion of the new runway will increase the annual flight capacity of Naha Airport from 135,000 to 240,000....

 

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

JTA to suspend 60 flight routes due to reduced demand during coronavirus pandemic

March 21, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced their plan to suspend 60 flight routes from Naha, Fukuoka, Miyako, and Ishigaki from March 29 through April 5.

This decision was made due to reduced demand from passengers amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The...

NIAC predicts employment could fall by 7,690 jobs this year due to decrease in tourism from coronavirus

March 6, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Nansei shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, Mitsuru Omine, chairman), announced March 5 their estimation for the effect the coronavirus would have on Okinawa’s economy.

The organization predicts that if from February through May, the number of...

The disappearance of foreigners from the streets due to coronavirus continues to assail Okinawa’s economy, with travel agency sales – which rely heavily on Chinese patronage – dropping to almost “zero”

The disappearance of foreigners from the streets due to coronavirus continues to assail Okinawa’s economy, with travel agency sales – which rely heavily on Chinese patronage – dropping to almost “zero”

February 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the coronavirus (COVID19) continues to spread over the world, including throughout Japan, the prospects for Okinawa meeting their goal of bringing 10 million tourists to Okinawa this year is looking bleak, and the effects are starting to be felt all over Okinawa’s...

A reduction in tourist visitors to Okinawa due to coronavirus, anticipated to be around 500,000, could lead to a decrease in tourism revenue of 28.1 billion yen, cause 1,940 job losses

A reduction in tourist visitors to Okinawa due to coronavirus, anticipated to be around 500,000, could lead to a decrease in tourism revenue of 28.1 billion yen, cause 1,940 job losses

February 20, 2020 Ryukyus Shimpo

The Nansei shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, Mitsuru Omine, president) announced their estimation of the effects the corona virus would have on the Okinawan economy February 19.

They estimate that the effects of the virus would continue from...

50 Agu pigs to be quarantined on isolated island until mid-February to avoid vaccination, 210,000 pigs on Okinawa’s main island to be inoculated

50 Agu pigs to be quarantined on isolated island until mid-February to avoid vaccination, 210,000 pigs on Okinawa’s main island to be inoculated

February 10, 2020 by Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Livestock farmers in Okinawa gathered amid the spread of Classic Swine Fever (CSF) to hold the 2nd CSF prevention conference at the Okinawa Prefectural Office February 10.

To protect the rare, Okinawan-native Agu pig from contracting...

Cruise ship filled with cargo instead of passengers arrives at Naha Port as ship stops taking passengers due to corona virus

Cruise ship filled with cargo instead of passengers arrives at Naha Port as ship stops taking passengers due to corona virus

January 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Amid the spread of the corona virus, China has put in place restrictions such as the banning of group travel, and as a result on two cruise ships containing no passengers arrived at Naha Port January 29.

In addition to the Chinese passengers who had to...

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

Okinawa hosts international pork research conference, presents efforts to increase brand recognition for Agu Pork

November 28, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “5th Fatty Pig International Conference” (hosted by the International Pork Research Society), a research conference that presents existing international research results for pork, was held November 27 at the Okinawa Gender Equality Center Tiruru in Naha....

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

With an eye towards the future, the Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network hosts a summit in Naha

October 13, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Asian Women Social Entrepreneur Network (AWSEN) Summit kicked off at the Okinawa Prefectural Library in Naha October 12. The theme of the summit was, “Things we can do to leave no one behind – the first step towards realizing SDGs (Sustainable Development...

Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

Effort to add Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list picks up steam as official statement is adopted at rally in Naha

October 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The committee to promote the adding of Ryukyu cuisine and Awamori to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list (chaired by Masaaki Yasuda) held a rally for Okinawans at Tenbusu Naha on October 5.

The vice-chair of the committee, Tokyo University of Agriculture...

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

Okinawa selected as top port of call at cruise forum, winning the award for the second time since 2017

September 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “2019 Asia Cruise Forum Jeju,” an annual forum meant to stimulate the Asian cruise market, took place from August 28-30 on Jeju Island, Korea, where Okinawa was selected as the top port of call in Asia. The number of ports, Okinawa’s nature and culture,...