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Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

June 4, 2013 Ayako Sakaguchi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has been promoting a new energy policy. The Deep Sea Water Research Center on Kume-jima has been carrying out proof tests for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) since April. This is a pioneer project for the new form of energy. Such proof tests for power generation plant in the water have not yet been carried out anywhere else in the world. The OPG has high hopes for renewable energy produced in Okinawa,...

 

Okinawan fisheries groups ask government to review Japan-China fisheries pact

Okinawan fisheries groups ask government to review Japan-China fisheries pact

May 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 29 in Tokyo, Okinawa Vice Governor Kurayoshi Takara and the members of the Okinawa Federations of Fisheries Cooperatives and the Ikema Fisheries Cooperatives asked Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Taku Eto to review the Japan-China...

Entrepreneurs to hold “Startup Weekend Organizer summit” in Okinawa

Entrepreneurs to hold

May 26, 2013 Ryoki Nagahama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Event organizers from all around the world involved in the Startup Weekend will meet for the first time in Asia in Urasoe this autumn. According to the organizer, Startup Weekend is a global network of leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to...

Agreement to use Thai rice for awamori brewing

Agreement to use Thai rice for <em>awamori</em> brewing

May 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 22, the Prefectural Brewing Association and the Thai Rice Exporters Association entered into an agreement to promote the use of Thai rice for awamori brewing. They agreed on the safety and stable supply of Thai rice and activities to help expand the...

Business leaders from Okinawa and the main islands of Japan to hold Okinawa International Trade Conference

Business leaders from Okinawa and the main islands of Japan to hold Okinawa International Trade Conference

May 22, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Okinawa Social Committee, which is made up of business leaders from Okinawa and the main islands of Japan, will hold the Okinawa Trade Conference in November 2014. They will also hold a pre-trade conference this November. On May 21,...

Ryukyu Immunology Corporation develops test kits to detect HIV infection

Ryukyu Immunology Corporation develops test kits to detect HIV infection

April 26, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Immunology Corporation, which is located in Uruma, has produced antibodies that detect the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, that causes AIDS, in the early stages of infection, and using this antibody has made assay kits for in vitro diagnostic tests...

Herbal extract from hibiscus produced in Miyako gains popularity

Herbal extract from hibiscus produced in Miyako gains popularity

May 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sales are increasing of a pure herbal extract made from hibiscus grown on Miyako Island. Since last May, the Naha-based Gradir Co., which sells preserved flowers, has sold the herb extract and have shipped about 10,000 bottles in just under a year. It has grown to...

Government’s TPP task force promises to protect sugarcane on Minami Daito

Government’s TPP task force promises to protect sugarcane on Minami Daito

April 23, 2013 Yoko Ikeda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 22, ten people including staff of the headquarters of the government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Free-Trade Agreement (TPP) Task Force and Diet members of the Liberal-Democratic Party visited the Minami Daito Municipal Office...

Taragara Awamori brewery wins grand gold awards of Monde Selection

Taragara Awamori brewery wins grand gold awards of Monde Selection

April 24 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taragawa Co., Ltd, an awamori brewery located in Miyako-jima, has won the grand gold awards for its products such as Ryukyu Dynasty Specially selected Old Awamori and Long maturity aged old Awamori Kuon in the Monde Selection of the International Food and Beverage...

As many as 60877 Japanese travelers go abroad from Naha Airport in 2012

As many as 60877 Japanese travelers go abroad from Naha Airport in 2012

April 10, 2013 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Ministry of Justice, the total number of Japanese nationals going abroad from Naha Airport in 2012 was 60877, the highest total since 2006. With a number of new international routes opening in 2012, it can be said that demand for foreign...

ANA’s mid-sized aircraft arrives at New Ishigaki Airport

ANA's mid-sized aircraft arrives at New Ishigaki Airport

April 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 31, the first flight using mid-sized aircraft on the Haneda-Ishigaki route operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA) arrived at New Ishigaki Airport. ANA uses the 270-seater Boeing 767-300. Because it can also transport cargo, it is hoped that the aircraft will...

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