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Video – Bank of the Ryukyus to open main office, built during U.S. control of Okinawa, to the public prior to reconstruction

November 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As part of the reconstruction of their headquarters in Kumoji, Naha, the Bank of the Ryukyus will be temporarily moving their main office and headquarters to the Naha Port Building in Higashimachi in December. The headquarters, which is scheduled to be torn down starting in January of 2021, was built in 1966, when the U.S. governed Okinawa prior to its reversion to Japan, and is a historical building that was filled with technology that was...

 

Tourism EXPO Japan and ResorTech Okinawa draws in 24,080 people, executive committee notes the positive “impact of fusing in-person and online events”

Tourism EXPO Japan and ResorTech Okinawa draws in 24,080 people, executive committee notes the positive “impact of fusing in-person and online events”

November 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The executive committee for “Tourism EXPO Japan, Travel Festival in Okinawa” (hosted by the Japan Travel and Tourism Association (JTTA), the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)), announced on November...

Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives releases “Shuri Castle Badge” for sale, saying they, “want to build momentum for reconstruction”

Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives releases “Shuri Castle Badge” for sale, saying they, “want to build momentum for reconstruction”

October 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Association of Corporate Executives (OACE) have created a “Shuri Castle Badge” in an effort to aid the reconstruction of Shuri Castle, which burned down in October of last year, and the badge is now available to purchase. The badge depicts...

Tokyo Bus to launch two new routes in Okinawa, connecting central areas such as the Airport and Naha to the southern regions, claim they are taking a “long-term view” with regards to COVID-19

Tokyo Bus to launch two new routes in Okinawa, connecting central areas such as the Airport and Naha to the southern regions, claim they are taking a “long-term view” with regards to COVID-19

August 25, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo Bus (headquarters: Tokyo; Harunari Nishimura, CEO) which operates tour buses and regular routes all over Japan, is opening up two transit bus routes in Okinawa. Starting September 14, they will be taking over a line from Chubu Kanko Service (based in Tomigusku)...

Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

June 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

The tourism industry took a big hit from the effects of COVID-19, and there are increasing stories of those who are looking to sell their hotels despite the drop in price, as well as foreign firms and investors who are looking to purchase lodging...

Sunflowers at night: chrysanthemum farmer grows 50,000 sunflowers as a secondary crop

Sunflowers at night: chrysanthemum farmer grows 50,000 sunflowers as a secondary crop

May 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

At Sunset Farm Okinawa in Gima, Yomitan, 50,000 sunflowers planted in artificially-lit chrysanthemum fields have blossomed, bringing new scenery to the farm. To make use of the farmland after the chrysanthemums have shipped, sunflower seeds...

As Okinawan mangoes and pineapples begin to ripen, a call goes out for locals to consume the harvest to overcome the headwinds created by the coronavirus

As Okinawan mangoes and pineapples begin to ripen, a call goes out for locals to consume the harvest to overcome the headwinds created by the coronavirus

May 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii

 

Okinawan mangoes and pineapples are popular all throughout Japan as high-class gifts. However, as the coronavirus pandemic will now extend later into the year, anxieties have arisen around slumping sales in the summer. Farmers, who...

Large amounts of omiyage in danger of being discarded due to decrease in tourism, and sellers are sending out an SOS “We need Okinawan’s to eat these, now more than ever.”

Large amounts of omiyage in danger of being discarded due to decrease in tourism, and sellers are sending out an SOS “We need Okinawan’s to eat these, now more than ever.”

April 26, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Eriko Tamaki

The effects of the continued COVID-19 pandemic have rippled out to effect Okinawan-produced goods. Since almost all omiyage stores and other tourist facilities are currently closed for business, there has been a steep decline in sales of souvenirs...

Orion to cease production of 9% alcohol by volume “Watta Strong” chuhai due to health concerns

Orion to cease production of 9% alcohol by volume “Watta Strong” chuhai due to health concerns

April 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Eriko Tamaki

Orion Breweries, Ltd., (Keiju Hayase, Representative Director andPresident), announced April 22 that they would cease production of the high-alcohol version of their chuhai beverage, “Watta Strong.”

The high alcohol content in the...

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...

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...