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“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 regularly expects an influx of Chinese visitors with a large appetite for spending around the Lunar New Year, however due to the virus around 1,000 reservations were cancelled, creating a...

 

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...

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

“Feels like a vacation”: Inside the new and improved Plaza House

November 23, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kubota, Okinawa City— On November 22, the Plaza House Shopping Center unveiled its newest additions: Roger’s Food Market, a food hall which features quality delicacies from around the world, and the Cinema Plaza House 1954, a mini-theater.

Plaza House...

WUB Okinawa discuss advancing tourism at Asia Conference

WUB Okinawa discuss advancing tourism at Asia Conference

October 29, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 28, just two days before “World Uchinanchu Day,” WUB Okinawa (Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association Okinawa, chaired by Jinkichi Uezu) held its second Asia Conference at the Okinawa Harborview Hotel in Naha City.

Approximately 140 attendees,...

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

Okinawa found to be 4th lowest rank prefecture in Japan in terms of degree of independence

October 18, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 17 it came to light through an investigation by Emeritus Professor Hajime Oshiro of the University of the Ryukyus that the regional economic circulation ratio within Okinawa Prefecture is 78.8 percent, which demonstrates that the degree of independence...