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Space travel from Shimojishima Airport: PD AeroSpace preparing a hub for 2025 signs agreement with Okinawa Prefecture

Space travel from Shimojishima Airport: PD AeroSpace preparing a hub for 2025 signs agreement with Okinawa Prefecture

September 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

PD AeroSpace is an Aichi-based company working in spacecraft development. On September 10, this company signed a letter of intent with Okinawa Prefecture to develop spaceport capabilities at Shimojishima Airport in Miyakojima, which has a 3000-meter runway. PD AeroSpace plans to begin manned space flights departing from Shimojishima Airport in 2025. At earliest they will begin test flights with unmanned spacecraft in December of this year and...

 

Hateruma-jima sugarcane crops affected by biggest draught in 40 years

Hateruma-jima sugarcane crops affected by biggest draught in 40 years

July 30, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Hateruma-jima, an island of Taketomi, has not received any significant amount of rain since June 9. The draught is increasingly affecting sugarcane crops on the island; in addition to leaf rolling—the plant’s mechanism to keep moisture from escaping, some of...

Kokusai Dori and Heiwa Dori shops take direct hit from coronavirus, revitalization efforts ensue

Kokusai Dori and Heiwa Dori shops take direct hit from coronavirus, revitalization efforts ensue

July 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

It came to this newspaper’s attention that the Cooperative Associations of Naha Kokusai Dori Shopping Street conducted an examination on July 20 and 21 into the closing of 40 shops on Kokusai Dori (International Street) in Naha City due to the spread of the...

The motivation behind Kanehide Group’s Fourth of July ‘freedom’ ads

The motivation behind Kanehide Group’s Fourth of July ‘freedom’ ads

July 8, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

“[We are] straight as an arrow, we started out as blacksmiths, afterall.” “Today is Idependence Day. Make the world better today than it was yesterday.”—These newspaper ads were taken out in the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawa Times by the Kanehide Group (chaired...

Two months with zero international visitors

Two months with zero international visitors

June 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced that there were 44,000 visitors to the prefecture in May, a 94.7% (790,900 people) decrease compared to May 2019. This is the largest drop recorded, in both percentage and actual...

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

Ishigaki-based Seifuku Distillery to launch 77% alcohol awamori for use as a substitute for alcohol disinfectants for coronavirus

April 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Ishigaki) On April 10, Seifuku Distillery (based in Ishigaki, Okinawa; president: Kenryu Kanna) held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall and announced that it will start manufacturing awamori called “Seifuku 77” having a 77% alcohol content.

The...

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

February 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The spread of a pneumonia brought about by the corona virus has had an ever-increasing impact on the global economy, and it has cast a large shadow over the economy of Okinawa, which had previously been enjoying continued growth in their tourism industry.

Okinawa...

Okashigoten wins top selection for souvenir store with their Okinawan staple, the “Original Purple Sweet Potato Tart”

Okashigoten wins top selection for souvenir store with their Okinawan staple, the “Original Purple Sweet Potato Tart”

January 22, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Yomitan – The 2019 “Top 100 Pro Selection for Tourism, Food, and Souvenirs,” a list voted for by travel companies nationwide in Japan, have selected Okashigoten (Hideki Takushi, CEO) in Yomitan as the best souvenir store in Japan.

The store first...

Okinawa tourist arrivals hit 10 million beating record for seventh-consecutive year

Okinawa tourist arrivals hit 10 million beating record for seventh-consecutive year

January 24, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced on January 23 that the prefecture welcomed 10,163,900 tourists in 2019, a 3.2% increase (or 316, 200 visitors) from the previous year.

The record growth in tourist arrivals for...

Low-Cost-Carrier AsiaAir X opens new route to Okinawa

Low-Cost-Carrier AsiaAir X opens new route to Okinawa

January 23, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 22, AirAsia X, a low-cost carrier based in Malaysia, commenced regular flights between Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and Naha Airport.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and staff from the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau greeted the maiden...

Providing winter watermelons to all of Japan JA promotes Nakijin produce in Tokyo

Providing winter watermelons to all of Japan	JA promotes Nakijin produce in Tokyo

January 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – On January 15, JA Okinawa held a tasting and promotional event in Tokyo to increase awareness of Japan’s earliest watermelons, Nakijin watermelons, outside of Okinawa.

Workers promoted and provided tastings of winter watermelons to consumers,...