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Okinawa to be promoted at movie theaters nationwide

October 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Public relations and tourism promotion company SB Japan started promoting Okinawa tourism at more than 300 movie theaters nationwide on October 24. It advertises on screens and sells Okinawan products in the theater lobbies. They aim to lift awareness of specialty products by providing tourism information and encouraging local revitalization.

The company targets local governments, tourism associations, travel agencies and businesses in the tourism...

 

Okinawan researchers find aging retardant

Okinawan researchers find aging retardant

October 23, 2013 Takumi Takimoto of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan researchers have found that liquid extracted from shell ginger contains a compound that slows aging and reduces wrinkles. Okinawan people have been consuming the liquid from ancient times. Shinkichi Tawada, professor in the Faculty...

Zuisen Distillery to create joint brand with manufacturers in Kyushu

Zuisen Distillery to create joint brand with manufacturers in Kyushu

October 22, 2013 Fumitetsu Jahana of the Ryukyu Shimpo

In an attempt to target overseas markets, Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd (Naha) and five breweries in Kyushu are developing a joint brand called “Towane J-Chord.” In addition to awamori, the breweries plan to produce a...

OCVB takes part in 18th Busan International Film Festival

OCVB takes part in 18th Busan International Film Festival

October 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention and Visitor Bureau (OCVB) held an Okinawa event in the 18th Busan International Film Festival “Asian Film Market” in Korea on October 7. OCVB staff have promoted the movies filmed in Okinawa and that it is an excellent place...

Construction of Naha Port international distribution center to begin in FY 2015

October 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha Port Comprehensive Logistics Center is moving ahead to provide services from April 2018. The facility will have advanced distribution support and processing capabilities, such as sorting cargo between arrival and departure from home and abroad. The...

New Naha Airport International Terminal to open next February

New Naha Airport International Terminal to open next February

October 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport has decided to open the new Naha Airport International Terminal building, which is now under construction, on February 17, 2014. The company will close the current international terminal on February 16, 2014 in preparation for using that space as...

Number of tourists to Okinawa reaches new high in first half of fiscal 2013

October 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 15, the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in first half of fiscal 2013, that is, from April to September. The total number was up by 12.8 percent to 3,379,800...

Diving Resort Travel Expo 2014 to be held in Okinawa

October 10, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Diving Resort Travel Expo 2014 will be held at the Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan from June 20 to 22 next year. This expo is widely regarded as the largest diving and travel event in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hong Kong based event...

Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

Ritz Carton Okinawa wins Crystal Awards 2013

September 27, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA took first prize in the Crystal Awards 2013. The awards are given to spas in Japan, which are chosen by the customers. This event, which is the only exhibition specializing in the spa and wellness business in Japan, aims to help...

Awamori seminar held in South Korea

<em>Awamori</em> seminar held in South Korea

September 29, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Seoul office of the Japan External Trade Organization held a seminar event at Gangnam Finance Center in Seoul on September 24 to introduce the Okinawan alcoholic beverage awamori to local hotels and izakaya or Japanese style taverns. A...

Tourism generates 676.7 billion yen in economic ripple effect

September 18, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On September 17, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the economic ripple effect of tourism in Okinawa in the 2012 fiscal year. With increasing numbers of tourists from overseas, this business produced a ripple effect worth 676.7 billion yen in 2012,...