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Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On August 25, Tokyo-based Daito Trust Construction Company, led by President Katsuma Kobayashi, published its ranking of the most livable places in Japan and places people want to move to. Ranked by municipality, Naha City ranked 2nd in the list of places people want to move to. Okinawa Prefecture came in 4th in the same category ranked by prefecture. The Prefecture also ranked 6th in the “most livable” category, reflecting its popularity...

 

UNESCO application spurs industry hopes of spreading awamori culture

UNESCO application spurs industry hopes of spreading awamori culture

June 10, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Okinawa’s awamori industry voiced its excitement as the Japanese government announced plans to list awamori as an Intangible Cultural Heritage with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

Once...

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

JTA launches first new air route in 10 years from Miyako to Nagoya with one flight in each direction daily

March 30, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

(Miyakojima) On March 28, Japan Transocean Air (JTA; president: Noriyuki Aoki) put into service a new route connecting Miyako and Nagoya (Chubu). Miyakojima mayor Kazuyuki Zakimi and members of tourism-related organizations gathered at a ceremony held...

World’s first commercial technology to freeze pig sperm enables stable production of Agu brand pork

World’s first commercial technology to freeze pig sperm enables stable production of Agu brand pork

March 25, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hideki Tatemoto, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus Faculty of Agriculture, announced on March 24 that he developed a technology to supply frozen purebred-Agu pig sperm to industry. The Agu is an indigenous Okinawan pig breed restored to...

Hong Kong loves Okinawan Shikuwasa introduced on TV as a superfood; exports grow twentyfold

Hong Kong loves Okinawan Shikuwasa introduced on TV as a superfood; exports grow twentyfold

March 19, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Erina Ishii

 

In Hong Kong, demand for Okinawan shikuwasa (Okinawa lime) has exploded since the end of last year. 478COMPANY is a Tomigusuku-based company that supplies shikuwasa juice to Hong Kong. The company’s exports in 2020 grew twentyfold...

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....

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...