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Number of Chinese tourists in Okinawa to soar during Lunar New Year

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

February 6 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. The Greater China region will be able to enjoy a long series of holidays, a nine-day weekend being the biggest. This is likely to bring a much larger crowd of visitors to Okinawa, compared to last year. During this period, many charter flights and extra flights will fly to Okinawa. In addition, ships will be making stops at Naha Port, including a mega cruise ship of about 160,000 tons....

 

“Ryukyu White” happoshu on limited sale

“Ryukyu White” happoshu on limited sale

January 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, Orion Breweries Limited will start selling its “Ryukyu White” happoshu, which uses Iejima-grown wheat. This is the first time for an Orion product to be brewed using mainly Okinawan ingredients. Ryukyu White is a craft beer variant, utilizing...

Record 7.76 million tourists visit Okinawa in 2015

January 22, 2016 Ryuyku Shimpo

On January 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visits to Okinawa in the calendar year 2015. The number was 7,760,000, representing a 10 percent increase over the previous year and reaching a new high for three consecutive...

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventeen visitors from Amoy, Fujian in China arrived at Naha Airport on January 6 to participate in “medical tourism” in which participants get health check-ups while enjoying resort tourism in Okinawa. The participants stayed for five nights while...

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

Economic organizations pledge to make Okinawa’s economy play an active role in Asia

January 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Thirty-one economic organizations including Okinawa Prefectural Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry met for a New Year’s banquet on the evening of January 4 at the hotel ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa Harborview in Naha. In order to strengthen the trend...

Over 10 million tourists estimated to visit Okinawa in fiscal 2021

Over 10 million tourists estimated to visit Okinawa in fiscal 2021

December 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 22, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors’ Bureau (OCVB) presented its visitor arrival statistics projected for fiscal years 2015 to 2025. OCVB estimates that in fiscal 2021, tourist arrivals will exceed the 10 million-target figure set by the prefectural...

Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

Italian consul general visits Okinawa to deepen economic and tourism ties

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4, Marco Lombardi, the consul general of Italy based in Osaka, visited Okinawa and met with vice governor Mitsuo Ageda. Lombardi said the number of Italian tourists visiting Okinawa has increased, and that he would like to deepen friendship and cooperation...

Nansei Sekiyu workers concerned over their future employment: seek assurances from company

October 30, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Employees of Nansei Sekiyu, which is led by CEO Lincoln Shiodiro Ishikawa and located in Nishihara, have shared their concerns over employment security from April 2016. The company has not shown any guarantee of employment support, including suggesting retirement...

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

Farmers Concern Subsidy Reduction for Sugar Cane at TPP Meeting

October 23, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sugar cane producers and agriculture-related institutions gathered at the Okinawa Times Building in Naha City on October 22 to learn about the Trans Pacific Partnership, which leaders are set to sign off on.

The Agriculture & Livestock Industries...

Record number of tourist visits to Okinawa in 2015 high season

October 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 20, Okinawa’s prefectural government publicized the number of tourists to visit the prefecture in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year (April – September). The number reached a record high of 4,093,000, exceeding the number of tourists during...

Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

Asia strategy committee submits initiative proposal, puts forth ideas for use of base land

September 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, Chairman Moritake Tomikawa of the Okinawa East Asia Economic Strategy Initiative Development Committee, one of the main pillars of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s economic policy, presented the governor with a report detailing initiatives including...

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