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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 by Morimasa Goya), which operates construction, supermarket, steel, and hotel businesses.

The ads in the two papers were not the same, but shared a similar message: protect the freedom...

 

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,...

The Original Awamori opportunity with Lao-Lao made by Lao women

The Original Awamori  opportunity with Lao-Lao made by Lao women

December 26, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

In the new year, Co-Op Okinawa (Urasoe City, Okinawa) will begin importing the Lao traditional alcohol Lao-Lao into Okinawa to support industrialization in Laos. Currently, Lao-Lao is produced and sold in Laos and a portion of profits is...

Okinawa welcomes peak chrysanthemum season as supplier of the New Year’s staple

Okinawa welcomes peak chrysanthemum season as supplier of the New Year’s staple

December 19, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s chrysanthemum flower producers have welcomed peak shipping season ahead of the New Year.

To accommodate the increased output, the Okinawa Flower Grower’s Co-op set up an expanded delivery schedule in partnership with ANA Cargo.

Each...

Here’s what to know about the new food hall on Kokusai Street

Here’s what to know about the new food hall on Kokusai Street

December 17, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 16, South Island Spice Co., Ltd. (Naha City,) owned by Spice Works Inc. (Tokyo, CEO: Wataru Shimotono) launched the “Okinawa Kokusai Noren-gai” food hall complex inside the former Okinawa Mitsukoshi building in Makishi, Naha City.

The...