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OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

OMSB and OCVB join together to start dive shop excellence certification system in April

January 12, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Marine Leisure Safety Bureau (OMSB) will institute its system to certify the excellence of diving companies and guides on April 1. On January 11, OMSB signed a comprehensive business alliance with the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau (OCVB) to launch the system. The OCVB will list certified companies on its homepage with the aim of building a safe and trusted Marine Leisure brand.

According to OMSB, systems to certify diving ability are...

 

Awamori in Iceland: positive response felt during tasting event

December 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

In November, in preparation for opening up a Western market for Ryukyu Awamori, three distilleries in Okinawa Prefecture (Chuko Awamori Distillery, Zuisen Distillery, and Kumejima’s Kumesen), along with Blueship Okinawa, a consulting company, held...

The number of tourists coming to Okinawa exceeds that of visitors to Hawaii between January and September

 

November 30, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The number of tourists visiting Okinawa in 2017 may exceed that of Hawaii, which is considered a model for Okinawa tourism. From January to September, 7,115,500 people visited Okinawa, an increase of 8.9 percent compared with the same...

Thailand royal family member takes part in filming Okinawa travel program for Thai television

Thailand royal family member takes part in filming Okinawa travel program for Thai television

 

December 5, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On December 4 ML Sarali Kitiyakara of Thailand’s royal family, who also does work as a television personality, came to Okinawa to film an overseas vacation television program with the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT)....

Fresh Fish to be exported to China

Fresh Fish to be exported to China

 

November 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On November 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Asia Economic Strategy Section held a meeting and announced the establishment of seafood exports from Okinawa to Shanghai, China. The regulations imposed on Japanese food since...

Jetstar Asia opens International flight route between Naha and Singapore

Jetstar Asia opens International flight route between Naha and Singapore

 

November 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The first regular direct flight between Naha Airport in Okinawa and Changi International Airport in Singapore begins service on the 17th.

Singapore Ambassador to Japan Lui Tuck Yew who arrived in Okinawa on the 16th to attend...

First Japanese hailing from Ginowan City crowned best gelato-maker in the world

First Japanese hailing from Ginowan City crowned best gelato-maker in the world

 

October 27, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 28, Taizo Shibano, a 42-year-old executive of La Vous, a gelato shop in Ginowan City that uses locally-sourced Okinawan ingredients, was awarded first place in the Gelato World Cup held in Italy. Now that Taizo is the first...

Okinawa’s largest goods distribution facility will be built in Uruma City

Okinawa’s largest goods distribution facility will be built in Uruma City

 

October 11, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Ryukyu Kaiun Kaisha Nakagusuku Logistics Center held a ground-breaking ceremony on October 11 at the Okinawa International Logistics Hub area in Katsuren, Uruma City.

The company’s president, Shigeru Miyagi, as well as...

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

All-time monthly record of more than one million tourists visited Okinawa this August

 

September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On September 21 the Okinawa Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced that the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in August increased by 8.2 percent (or 75,600 people) from August last year to 1,002,500 people this year.

This...

Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

 

September 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An LCC airline company, Vanilla Air, will start training pilots at the Shimojijima Airport in Mijakojima city, Okinawa, from October 11.

 

The training is planned to be held twice a year, and each training will...

Chartered flight between Naha and Manila to be launched in December

July 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Phillippine Airlines will launch a direct chartered flight between Naha and Manila for six months from December. The news was announced on July 14. Mikiro Shimoji, a member of the Lower House, who was visiting the Philippines from July 11 to 13 met with Secretary...