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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 cancel their travel plans, as a measure to stem the spread of the virus the cruise line made the decisions to temporarily stop accepting passengers.

Instead, they took on cargo for transport while...

 

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,...

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...

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau host meeting to discuss tourism issues, consider tightening regulations

July 7, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB, Yoshiro Shimoji, president) held the first 2019 meeting of the “Okinawa-wide Tourism Association Conference” at the Okinawa Karate Kaikan in Tomigusuku July 5, which brings together the tourism associations...

Uncertainty in tourism: Airlines slash Korea-Okinawa flights as diplomatic rift deepens

August 21, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

Top South Korean airline, Korean Air, announced major changes to its Japanese routes on August 20.

Beginning September 29, Incheon-Naha flights (currently offered daily) will be temporarily curtailed to four flights a week, departing...

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

Okinawan Mozuku, and edible seaweed, is struggling with poor harvests, leading to an increase in price and 6,000 ton decrease in production

July 4, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Erina Ishii

Due to a poor harvest of Okinawan mozuku in 2019, production totals have decreased by 6,000 tons from 2018 levels, and are expected to total around 15,000 tons.

It is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including climate...

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

Okinawa to host the world’s largest travel conference Tourism Expo Japan 2020, in October of 2020, will also host ministerial summit

June 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Looking to the upcoming “Tourism Expo Japan 2020,” (hosted by the expo’s executive committee) the world’s largest travel industry conference, which will be hosted in Okinawa in October of 2020, a venue coordination committee and hosting support team were...

“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

“Sleeping Awamori” from shuttered Miyako distillery gets reawakened as part of Naha bar’s Awamori project

May 2, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Undistilled Awamori from the defunct Chiyoizumi Distillery in Miyako has once again entered the market, exciting those in the Awamori world.

As part of the “Liquor Pride Project” by Koji Higa, owner of Awamori Souko, an Awamori specialty bar in the Kume...