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Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

Uber Eats to expand service to Uruma and Okinawa Cities beginning Feb 18

February 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On February 4, the food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats announced it will expand its service to parts of Okinawa City and Uruma City beginning February 18.

The platform has partnered with approximately 45 restaurants in the two cities. Customers may order a variety of foods for delivery, including Japanese cuisine, ethnic cuisines, and standard menu items such as hamburgers and curry. Delivery services will be available between...

 

Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

Okinawa Festival held in Tokyo: Goya and Taco Rice! The “Taste of Okinawa” at home

February 3, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – On February 2, the Haisai! Okinawa Festival began at JA Tokyo AgriPark in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The event is run by JA Okinawa and showcases Okinawan tourism and products. The festival will share Okinawan tourism, goods, and produce like...

Good Coffee Farms establishes coffee cultivation research site in Okinawa

Good Coffee Farms establishes coffee cultivation research site in Okinawa

November 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 Good Coffee Farms (Tokyo, represented by Carlos Melen), a company that works with Guatemalan coffee, announced that it will be establishing a research site for commodity development and where there is potential for coffee cultivation on the northern...

Interview with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang: revitalize Okinawa tourism with VR

Interview with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang: revitalize Okinawa tourism with VR

October 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Okinawa’s district chair, Toshinori Fuchibe, interviewed Taiwan’s D

igital Minister Audrey Tang. The interview was uploaded to YouTube on October 12. During the interview, Tang said Taipei would be happy to...

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...

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...