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“SPAM Musubi,” originally from Okinawa, gains popularity throughout Japan, becomes best seller at Family Mart in August

“SPAM Musubi,” originally from Okinawa, gains popularity throughout Japan, becomes best seller at Family Mart in August

September 15, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Family Mart (Tokyo – Kensuke Hosomi, CEO) started selling a pork and egg musubi “SPAM Musubi – Tuna Mayonnaise” (248 yen, tax included) throughout Japan in August, and it has quickly overtaken staples such as their grilled salmon musubi to become Family Mart’s top selling musubi in August. In just one month they sold over 4 million.

The musubi uses Whole Food’s (US) canned pork product “SPAM,” and combines it with...

 

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation imports technology from Taiwan to build plant factory in Tomigusuku, will grow organic produce

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation imports technology from Taiwan to build plant factory in Tomigusuku, will grow organic produce

 

September 7, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Okinawa Products Enterprise Corporation (OPEC, Naha, Tomoaki Haneji, president) has imported farming technology from Taiwan, and are continuing on constructing a plant factory in Tomigusuku. They are planning on getting it operational...

“You must get tested before travelling to Okinawa,” declares Governor Tamaki, Naha airport to also provide antigen testing

“You must get tested before travelling to Okinawa,” declares Governor Tamaki, Naha airport to also provide antigen testing

July 22, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki announced at a press conference on July 21, just before the four-day holiday that is asking people travelling to and from Okinawa to get tested for COVID-19 before travelling.

Starting on July 22, Naha Airport will...

School trips to Okinawa decrease in 2021 by 34% compared to pre-COVID levels, down to 1,567 schools

School trips to Okinawa decrease in 2021 by 34% compared to pre-COVID levels, down to 1,567 schools

July 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Yuki Nakamura

 

In 2021, Okinawa again saw a trend of schools postponing or changing the destination of their school trips.

According to the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), the number of schools planning to travel to Okinawa...

Okinawa chrysanthemums hit peak shipping period in lead up to Higan holiday, extra shipping flights also being scheduled

Okinawa chrysanthemums hit peak shipping period in lead up to Higan holiday, extra shipping flights also being scheduled

March 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

With the Japanese holiday Higan approaching in March, the busiest time of the year has come for shipping Okinawa-grown chrysanthemums. The chrysanthemums, which are used to adorn graves and Buddhist shrines, has seen a relatively minor impact from...

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...

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...