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Shipments of Awamori slide for 10th consecutive year

June 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, The Okinawa Regional Taxation Office released taxation figures on alcoholic beverages shipped by breweries in Okinawa Prefecture during fiscal 2014. Shipments of all alcoholic beverages declined 4.0% over the year to 71,258 kiloliters, generating 10.53 billion yen in tax, also down 4.0 percent, it said.

Shipments of and tax collected from Awamori declined for the 10th consecutive year, while those figures for beer saw a slight increase. Awamori’s...

 

Availability of Halal food is key factor for attracting Muslim travelers: survey

Availability of Halal food is key factor for attracting Muslim travelers: survey

June 11, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

All overseas Muslims who participated in a survey by the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) said that the availability of Halal food is an important factor to consider when traveling. The survey highlights the significance of dietary restrictions on...

“Kokusai dori yatai mura” opens on June 19 at the site after Grand Orion

“Kokusai dori yatai mura” opens on June 19 at the site after Grand Orion

May 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28 at Tenbusu Hall in Naha City, a presentation was held to celebrate the impending opening of “Kokusai dori yatai mura” stores, which open on June 19. The event took place at the shop site, the former theatre Grand Orion in Makishi, Naha City. Twenty-two...

Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

May 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chinese are the top spenders among foreign tourists visiting Okinawa Prefecture, with each person dishing out an average of 155,191 yen, up 1.7% from the previous year, according to a survey released on May 27 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG).

Releasing...

University of the Ryukyus creates database of botanical resources to encourage academic/industrial cooperation

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus has created a database of botanical information collected in Okinawa. Hoping to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, the University hopes the botanical resources can be used to help develop food and medical products....

Okinawa aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015

May 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015, up about 6% from last year, the prefectural government (OPG) said on May 19. The OPG made the announcement as it unveiled part of its “Visit Okinawa” tourism project for the year that...

China Eastern Airlines to launch Naha-Fuzhou service in July

China Eastern Airlines to launch Naha-Fuzhou service in July

May 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines will launch a direct service between Naha and Fuzhou starting in July, Chinese Consul General to Fukuoka, Li Tianran, said May 15 when he paid a visit to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at the prefectural government office.

The carrier...

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens

April 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A large commercial complex, AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom, which was built on the site of the former U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course in Kitanakagusuku village, opened on April 25. Business people and municipal officials stressed that the mall is a good...

Naha Airport to expand its international terminal

April 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport Building Co. Ltd., (NABCO) is to expand part of the International Terminal Building. The new area is expected to open in November 2016. The International Terminal Building itself opened in February 2014. A response to an increase in the number of foreign...

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

Over 6.8 million people visit Ocean Expo and Shuri Castle

April 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

A record number of people visited the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park, which consists of the Ocean Exposition area in Motobu and the Shurijo Castle area in Naha last year. According to figures released on April 8 by the Okinawa General Bureau, a total...

Renowned golfer Isao Aoki becomes goodwill ambassador for Okinawa

Renowned golfer Isao Aoki becomes goodwill ambassador for Okinawa

April 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Isao Aoki who is one of Japan’s most successful golfers, has become a goodwill ambassador for Okinawa. Chiba Prefecture resident Aoki promised to convey the charm of Okinawa to the rest of the world. Vice Governor Mitsuo Agena gave Aoki a certificate to mark...

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