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First Japanese hailing from Ginowan City crowned best gelato-maker in the world

First Japanese hailing from Ginowan City crowned best gelato-maker in the world

 

October 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 28, Taizo Shibano, a 42-year-old executive of La Vous, a gelato shop in Ginowan City that uses locally-sourced Okinawan ingredients, was awarded first place in the Gelato World Cup held in Italy. Now that Taizo is the first Japanese to win top prize among 45 other competitors he sets his sights on the next goal stating, “Becoming the best in the world is just a checkpoint in my desire for gelato to take root in Japanese...

 

Okinawa’s largest goods distribution facility will be built in Uruma City

Okinawa’s largest goods distribution facility will be built in Uruma City

 

October 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Ryukyu Kaiun Kaisha Nakagusuku Logistics Center held a ground-breaking ceremony on October 11 at the Okinawa International Logistics Hub area in Katsuren, Uruma City.

The company’s president, Shigeru Miyagi, as well as...

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

 

September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 21 the Okinawa Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced that the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in August increased by 8.2 percent (or 75,600 people) from August last year to 1,002,500 people this year.

This...

Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

 

September 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An LCC airline company, Vanilla Air, will start training pilots at the Shimojijima Airport in Mijakojima city, Okinawa, from October 11.

 

The training is planned to be held twice a year, and each training will...

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...

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...

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