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Okinawa records largest number of foreign workers

February 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the Okinawa Labor Bureau announced the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture was 5,971 people at the end of October 2016. Since the reporting of the employment of foreigners became mandatory in 2007, 1,279 businesses have reported their foreign employment figures, with 2016 the highest record yet.

The number of workers increased by 1,073 people (21.9%) compared to the same period last year, while the number of business increased...

 

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

Pastry shop company Edelweiss founded by Okinawan to expand its business in France

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, western pastry manufacturer and sales shop Edelweiss announced its plan to expand business in Europe. It is rare for a Japanese company to buy a confectionery-maker in Europe and make Europe a base to expand its business.

The company was...

Okinawa tourism generates 1 billion yen in fiscal year of 2015

December 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, Okinawa Prefecture’s Culture, Tourism, and Sports Division announced the economic effects of tourism in Okinawa in the 2015 fiscal year. Tourism generated 1,143,334 million yen, a rise of 49.9 percent from the survey last year, and the highest...

Okinawa resort weddings bring 10.4 billion yen to local economy in half a year

Okinawa resort weddings bring 10.4 billion yen to local economy in half a year

September 23, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 21, the Okinawa Prefecture Culture, Tourism and Sports Division summarized the state of achievement of resort weddings in the first half of 2016.

It announced that 6,553 couples had had resort weddings, a rise of 6.4 percent for the same...

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

Yilan County establishes Naha office to promote cooperation among fishermen

September 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 6, Northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan County established an office in Kumoji, Naha City to promote cultural exchange in the fields of sightseeing and business, and among fishermen. According to a person involved in the establishment of the office, this...

Majority of foreign tourists dissatisfied with WiFi services in Okinawa

June 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has conducted a survey on usage of a public wireless network (WiFi) in accommodation facilities and tourist spots in Okinawa, including looking at Internet usage of foreign tourists. According to the survey, 89.6 percent of...