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Chartered flight between Naha and Manila to be launched in December

July 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Phillippine Airlines will launch a direct chartered flight between Naha and Manila for six months from December. The news was announced on July 14. Mikiro Shimoji, a member of the Lower House, who was visiting the Philippines from July 11 to 13 met with Secretary Tugade from the Department of Transportation and other parties to make the decision. One monthly round-trip flight will be launched from September, and there will be two trips per month from December.

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Tourism revenue for Okinawa reaches 660 billion yen, breaking record four years in a row

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 21, Okinawa Prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism, and Sports announced the prefecture’s tourism revenue for fiscal year 2016. The tourism revenue was 660,294,000,000-yen, a 9.6% increase from the previous year. This means that Okinawa has broken...

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

Kanehide Group Chairman Goya: 70 years after founding, group aims to expand overseas, make 20% of directors women

May 25, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 24, the Ryukyu Shimpo interviewed Kanehide Group Chairman Morimasa Goya, who said the group is ready to embark on more multifaceted and diversified business ventures, including expanding overseas. Kanehide Group marks the 70th anniversary of its founding on...

Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

Okinawa mozuku seaweed featured by US CNN online webcast

April 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A group of reporters from an online webcast from US CNN television, Great Big Story, visited a seafood processing company called Itosan in Itoman City on April 24 and 25 to hear from CEO Tadashi Oshiro about mozuku harvesting and his passion for the product. This...

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces new mascot to boost Okinawa tourism

April 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 10, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) unveiled Maharo-kun as a new mascot. Serving as a promotional ambassador for Okinawa together with Hanagasa Mahae-chan and the three Miss Okinawa beauty queens, he will work to draw domestic and foreign...

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

Sakima Prosthetics develops knee braces specifically for sports

April 6, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

Sakima Prosthetics and Orthotics, which manufactures and sells prosthetics and orthotics, has developed “CB Brace CarBonee LightSports.” This joint brace is to be worn during exercise to prevent injuries and decrease the stress on knees. With...

Tourism to reach 8.4 million, guaranteeing Okinawa will reach its goal for fiscal year 2016

March 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 22, Okinawa prefecture’s Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports published its numbers regarding inbound tourism between April 2016 and February 2017. Compared to the same timeframe from the year before, 7,990,700 more people visited Okinawa, which...

Asia’s biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

Asia's biggest business meeting held in Okinawa to attract airline companies worldwide

March 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Asia’s largest airline business meeting “ROUTES ASIA 2017” (sponsored by UBM UK and UBM Japan) was held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City from March 19 to 21.

It is the first time the meeting has been held in Japan.

Tourism...

Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

Walking underwater in Okinawa with google underwater street view

March 2, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The online search engine, Google, added eight underwater sites around Okinawa to the company’s map application, Underwater Street View. The application provides underwater panoramic views and lets its users enjoy “taking a walk” around sites including the...

Okinawa’s Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

Okinawa's Hateruma nishihama beach ranks first among Japanese beaches on Tripadvisor

February 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest travel information site, Tripadvisor, announced Japan’s best ten beaches on February 23. The Nishihama beach in Hateruma Island, which came second last year, got the top ranking this year. Eight beaches in Okinawa were chosen in the...

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

Okinawa tourism expanding to Thailand with increasing promotion and flights

January 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

With tourists from Thailand expected to increase due to new flights between Bangkok and Naha in February, the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is carrying out projects to support the expanding tourism market.

In addition to making services...

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