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USJ CEO announces a plan to build a theme park in Okinawa

USJ CEO announces a plan to build a theme park in Okinawa

March 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

Glenn Gumpel, CEO of the company behind Universal Studios Japan (USJ), the US movie theme park in Osaka, held a press conference in Osaka City on March 18. Gumpel announced plans to build a theme park in Okinawa. Gumpel described the scale of the development; “although it will be smaller than Tokyo Disney Land or USJ Osaka, it will still be big.” Gumpel did not mention any specific information on location or opening time. However, people involved...

 

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

Ryukyuan traditional patterns digitalized

March 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Crafts Promotion Center has assembled about one thousand Ryukyuan traditional patterns in a database. These patterns are used for Okinawan lacquer wares, bingata, Okinawan traditional resist dyed cloth, and textiles collected in museums and resource...

Majority of Okinawan companies claim labor shortage affecting their operation

February 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Development Finance Corporation, on February 25, revealed the result of a survey on labor scarcity and its impact. The companies that answered “already facing scarcity of employees” and “expecting to face scarcity of employees,”...

Naha airport International cargo shipments amounts to over 180,000 tons

February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the statistics by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, international cargo shipments to and from Naha airport in 2014 amounted to 185,087 tons – double the amount in 2008. The figure is twice that of 2008, when All Nippon...

Increase in foreign tourists visiting Okinawa leads to shortage in hotel rooms

February 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Okinawa rapidly increased during observation of the Lunar New Year which began on February 18. The shortage of hotel rooms in Okinawa has been due to overlapping events such as professional baseball spring training...

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

January 23, 2015

On January 22, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard Company U.S. Headquarters (HP) made a courtesy call on Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. Vice President Norton expressed interest in finding ways to utilize international submarine...

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

Okinawan companies increase profits for a record seventh period in a row

January 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 16, the Okinawa Development Finance Corporation announced the results of a business conditions survey on the period from October to December 2014 in Okinawa. The diffusion index of business sentiment (DI) in this period increased over the same period...

New Year’s Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

New Year's Convention to promote Okinawan tourism worldwide

January 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) held a New Year’s Convention for Okinawan tourism at the Pacific Hotel Okinawa in Naha. About 1,000 people related to the Okinawan tourism industry and the Okinawa Prefectural Government took...

Record 6,507,000 tourists visit Okinawa in the calendar year of 2014

December 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visitations to Okinawa from January to November 2014. The number was 6,507,000, a new yearly record, exceeding 6,413,700 in the calendar year of 2013(from January to December...

Higashi to become new president of WUB

Higashi to become new president of WUB

December 9, 2014 4 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Consultant of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association, Yoshikazu Higashi, who is also president of the Okinawa Tourist Service, will take up a post as the new president of the organization on January 1 next year. The current...

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

Naha ranks 6th among top 10 destinations on the rise in the world

December 4, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 3, TripAdvisor, the biggest travel website in the world providing travel reviews, announced “Traveler’s Choice 10 Destinations On The Rise in 2014.”
Naha City has ranked 6th in the world ranking, and 4th in the Asian ranking....

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