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Okinawan beer export reaches new record

August 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The amount of beer exported from Okinawa in 2015 reached 2,488 kiloliters, which is a 41.5 percent increase on the previous year. The profit from beer sales increased by 38.1 percent, bringing in 380.7 million yen – a record number for the sixth consecutive year. Orion Beer makes up the majority of exports, owing to a growing number of loyal customers among international tourists in Okinawa. In addition, breweries’ active promotion led to an increase...

 

2020 Olympics karate event expected to increase tourism to Okinawa

2020 Olympics karate event expected to increase tourism to Okinawa

August 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has determined that among four other sports, a karate event will be added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Due to the influx of karate practitioners and enthusiasts who will be traveling from around the world to Okinawa...

Naha Airport breaks records with 18.54 million visitors

July 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

The main entrance to Okinawa, Naha Airport, recorded 18.54 million visitors over the past year. The number increased by 5.8 percent on the previous year, breaking a new record. The airport has broken its visitation record for four consecutive years....

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

Okinawa karate shirts for sale internationally

July 6, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

CHALLENGE Okinawa, which specializes in karate-related products and event production, together with T-shirt designing and production company Ryukyu Piras, have created an Okinawan karate-themed shirt. Shirts are being released in a limited quantity. The creators are...

Taiwan-based company to build hotel in Kokusai Street

June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Wu Li Jun

On June 28, Taiwan-based company Chia Hsin Cement Corporation announced a plan to build a hotel at a lot in Kokusai Street where Kokuei Theater used to be located. The company has already purchased the lot. The hotel will have 13 floors above...

Okinawa’s annual tourism revenue exceeds 600 billion yen for the first time in 2015

June 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on JuneFigure-2
27 that Okinawa’s tourism revenue for 2015 was...

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

Hong Kong Express launches regular flights between Ishigaki and Hong Kong

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Low-Cost Carrier based in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Express, launched its first flight service between Hong Kong and Ishigaki on June 16. A welcoming ceremony was held at the Ishigaki Airport International Terminal to celebrate the newly established service, and involved...

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru tells his personal story of childhood poverty

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru tells his personal story of childhood poverty

June 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

President of Orion Breweries Yoshio Kadekaru spoke out about the issue of childhood poverty, saying that he also experienced living in poverty. He went on to say he cannot allow children today to have the same experience.

Kadekaru was born in what was Yabu...

Long-standing resort in Okinawa turns to Sheraton after 24 Years

Long-standing resort in Okinawa turns to Sheraton after 24 Years

June 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sunmarina Hotel, a long-established resort hotel in Fuchaku, Onna Village, re-opened as globally known hotel brand “Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina” on June 1. There will be 46 new rooms and a Wellness Center equipped with an indoor pool opening in the property later...

Juneyao Airlines to launch flights between Naha and Nanjing for first time

May 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Juneyao Airlines will launch flights between Naha and Nanjing on July 1. This is the first time the airline will have operated flights between Naha Airport and Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The company will operate two round trips every Monday and Friday. Juneyao...

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

Universal Studios Japan cancels planned Okinawa theme park

May 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 11, Osaka-based USJ Co., Ltd., operator of Universal Studios Japan (USJ) theme parks, officially announced to the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese national government that it will cancel a potential plan building a new theme park in Okinawa....

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