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Ishigaki Island chosen as the best diving spot in Japan for 14 years in a row

Ishigaki Island chosen as the best diving spot in Japan for 14 years in a row

April 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki Island has won the top spot in Japan for 14 consecutive years at the Dive & Travel Awards hosted by monthly magazine Marine Diving. The winners were selected by the magazine’s readers, who voted for their favourite diving spots. Okinawa Main Island came in second place, and Miyako Island was in third place. The top three are all in the Okinawa region. Diving shop South Point was awarded 9th place in the best diving service section, and Kabira...

 

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

Sweet Bakery Porsche gets halal certification for its Beniimo tart

April 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co. in Yomitan Village has received the halal certification for its Beniimo tart. This is the first halal-certification for the confectionary industry, and the second for the entire food industry – the first company was Yaeyama Shokusan...

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

New cruise ship terminal building completed in Naha

March 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A new cruise ship terminal building was completed at Okinawa’s hub of customs immigration and quarantine in Naha. On March 28, about 110 people from the Japanese and Okinawa Prefectural governments and tourism industries attended the inauguration at Wakasa...

JTA to introduce 12 Boeing 737-800s

JTA to introduce 12 Boeing 737-800s

March 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 27, Okinawa-based Japan Transocean Air (JTA) announced to introduce 12 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to enter into service from 2016. It costs around 110 billion yen at full retail price. The company will introduce the first aircraft...

Okinawa, Changi Airport sign cooperation agreement

Okinawa, Changi Airport sign cooperation agreement

March 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Changi Airport Group in Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the aviation network on March 25. It is the first time that Okinawa has entered into a partnership agreement with an airport overseas....

Yonaha-maehama beach becomes Japan’s best beach for the second consecutive year

March 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Nine of Japan’s top ten beaches can be found in Okinawa, according to a recent ranking by the world’s largest travel website.

Miyako Island’s emerald green Yonaha-Maehama Beach was ranked Japan’s best beach for the second year running...

Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agree on operation in waters north of Yaeyama

Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agree on operation in waters north of Yaeyama

March 21, 2014 Fumitetsu Jahana of Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 20, Okinawan and Taiwanese fishermen agreed on operation in part of the triangular area of the waters north of the Yaeyama Islands. The meeting was held under the fisheries agreement between Japan and Taiwan. The fishermen of Japan...

Okinawa selected among Agoda’s top 10 hottest travel spots

March 6, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Asia’s major hotel reservation site, Agoda.com has chosen its latest Top 10 Hottest Travel Destinations in Asia 2014. Okinawa is one of two travel destinations selected in Japan. Agoda.com’s editorial team praised the ease of travel between...

Okinawa aiming to attract 6.8 million tourists for fiscal 2014

March 8, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced a plan to attract tourists to Okinawa for fiscal 2014 on March 7.

The government has estimated 6.8 million tourists will visit Okinawa for fiscal 2014. The number ranges from 6.7 to 6.8 million, which...

Okinawa agrees on venture exchange with Taiwanese IT organization

Okinawa agrees on venture exchange with Taiwanese IT organization

February 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 17, the Okinawa Industrial Promotion Public Corporation entered into a partnership agreement with the Institute for Information Industry, a Taiwanese governmental information technology think tank. On the same day, two organizations held a signing...

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The groundbreaking ceremony of the second runway construction project of Naha Airport was held in a hotel in Naha on March 1. Currently, Naha Airport has a single runway, which is overcrowded with many arrivals and departures. The Okinawa Prefectural Government and...

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