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Okinawa tourist numbers break record, reaching about 8 million

April 21, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that visitor arrivals in 2015 reached 7,936,300, which is a 10.7 percent increase from the previous year. This is a new record. Foreign visitors increased by 69.4 percent, reaching 1,670,300. Expansion in airline routes as well as an increase in cruise ships contributed to the drastic increase. Due to typhoons in the summer, domestic visitors remained at 6,266,000, 1.3 percent increase from the previous year....

 

Emerald-green ocean of Iriomote Island recognized worldwide through Trip Advisor ranking

Emerald-green ocean of Iriomote Island recognized worldwide through Trip Advisor ranking

April 20, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The largest travel website in the world, Trip Advisor, released its ranking of the top 10 most popular islands in Asia on April 19. Iriomote Island (in Okinawa) was selected as number 10. It is the first time that an Island in Japan has been ranked on this list....

Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

April 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A cruise ship named “Superstar Libra” from Hong Kong cruise company, Star Cruises, docked at the Nakagusuku Port for the first time on April 13. The ship weighs 42,285 ton. This is the first cruise ship to stop there for five years. About 1,000 passengers and...

Onaga eyes ‘dynamism’ in Asia, expecting economic exchange

Onaga eyes ‘dynamism’ in Asia, expecting economic exchange

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As a member of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade, Japan, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga stayed in Beijing from April 10 to 13. On his return to Okinawa, Onaga said, “I feel there is dynamism in Asia. I expect an increase in exports of Okinawan...

Japan-China joint project in Okinawa aims at advancing caregiving for elderly in China

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

The China Aging Development Foundation (CADF), which supports care for the elderly in China, and the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Trade (JAPIT) are collaborating to hasten establishment of an Okinawa International...

Trip Advisor ranks sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and foreign tourists for 2015

April 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The largest travel website in the world, Trip Advisor, released 2015 data on Japan’s most popular sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and visitors from abroad, based on user reviews of any language on the site.

The highest-ranking sightseeing...

Flight between Naha and Seoul to start in May

April 5 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Korean Air Lines announced on April 4 that it will start a round trip between Naha and Seoul from May 5. The airline will operate one flight per day. It will be the first time Korean Air Lines has operated a regular flight between Okinawa and Korea. A Boeing 777 containing...

Agu pork from Okinawa to be sold in Singapore for the first time

Agu pork from Okinawa to be sold in Singapore for the first time

March 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kin Agu Corporation shipped its first Okinawan agu pork to Singapore. Meat products totaling 456 kg per month will be sold at local high class restaurants and stores. According to the prefecture, this will be the first import of Okinawan agu to Singapore.

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Awamori shipments declining for 11 consecutive years

March 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 29, the Okinawa Distillers Association announced figures of shipments of Awamori for the fiscal year of 2015. The total of shipments was 19,247 kiloliters, down 3.9% on the previous year, and the first figure under 20,000 kiloliters in 16 years. Shipments...

Okinawa promotes charm of Awamori to British luxury liner guests

Okinawa promotes charm of Awamori to British luxury liner guests

March 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, British cruise ship Queen Elizabeth docked at Naha Cruise Terminal, its first visit to Okinawa. The Okinawa Sake Brewers Association and the Okinawa Regional Taxation Office, the governing agency of Awamori, held a tasting event to showcase Okinawan...

Partial out-of-court bargaining offered for US military-related damage to fishing

March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tuna fishermen in Okinawa experienced several incidents in which their long-line fishing nets were repeatedly cut by unknown causes in 2014. The US military’s ocean surveillance ship Impeccable was called into question. It became known that a Danish private maritime...

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