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Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists exceed 1000

Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists exceed 1000

August 9, 2011 Masaaki Umeda of Ryukyu Shimpo

The total number of multiple-entry visas issued since July for Chinese tourists on the condition of at least one night stay in Okinawa has exceeded 1000. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 748 multiple entry visas were issued in July, a 15-times increase over the 50 ordinary individual tourist visas issued last July. As of August 5, 1021 multiple entry visas have been issued.
Because one visa allows an entire family to enter...

 

China to launch a Cruise Ship Tour between Shanghai and Naha, Ishigaki on a trial basis in October

China to launch a Cruise Ship Tour between Shanghai and Naha, Ishigaki on a trial basis in October

July 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), China’s largest ports group, plans to send a cruise ship on tour with 1300 passengers between Shanghai and Naha, Ishigaki in October on a trial basis. If it receives a favorable reaction from Chinese tourists, the...

Club Med plans to fly 20 charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki from December to next February

July 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 22, Chairman of Ishigaki City Tourism Association Yasuhiro Miyahira held a press conference at which he announced that Club Med, which operates hotels and other businesses in the city, plans to have charter flights between Shanghai and Ishigaki. There will...

Okinawa takes first place among the best places to travel to in Japan

July 22, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, the Jalan Research Center (JRC), which belongs to the travel division of RECRUIT CO., LTD. announced the results of the “Jalan Travel and Accommodation Survey 2011.”
Okinawa won two awards in seven categories of Japan’s best places to...

China to launch direct flights from Beijing to Naha four times a week

China to launch direct flights from Beijing to Naha four times a week

July 16, 2011 Sakae Toiyama of Ryukyu Shimpo

With the introduction of multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists, the Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Hirokazu Nakaima, and a support group visited Beijing on July 15 to carry out a public relations campaign for Okinawa tourism. They called at...

Ishigaki Island comes third among world’s best dive areas

July 15, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ishigaki Island was judged as the third best place in the world to dive for three consecutive years at the Dive & Travel Awards 2011, hosted by the Marine Art Center that publishes “Marine Diving,” a monthly diving magazine.
Ishigaki Island won the...

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

The first Chinese tourist group visits Okinawa on multiple-entry visas

July 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of July 7, ten people of the first tourist group on multiple-entry visas arrived at Naha Airport from Beijing via Haneda. Multiple-entry visas for Chinese tourists have been issued since July 1 allowing Chinese tourists to visit Japan anytime during...

Brown sugar, awamori and other Okinawan products popular at Taiwan Food Show

Brown sugar, <em>awamori</em> and other Okinawan products popular at Taiwan Food Show

July 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Okinawa and the Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation (OIPPC) reported that, “Okinawan health foods, brown sugar and awamori have been a hit with people at the Taipei International Food Show.” This show...

Okinawan company to export health foods to Taiwan in July

Okinawan company to export health foods to Taiwan in July

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

After passing an examination for food importations, Okinawa Chousei Yakusou Honsha Co., Ltd (President Seikichi Shimoji, Nanjo City) has received approval from the Taiwanese Government to export its products there. The company will commence exports of its products...

Poloyushi shirts popular

<em>Poloyushi</em> shirts popular

June 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

A polo shirt version of kariyushi wear is selling well.
Kariyushi shirts were originally created as business wear during summer in Okinawa and are designed based on Hawaiian shirts but with uniquely Okinawan cultural motifs.
Project...

Cargo ferry service between Keelung (Taiwan) and Ishigaki, Miyako starts again after a gap of three years

Cargo ferry service between Keelung (Taiwan) and Ishigaki, Miyako starts again after a gap of three years

June 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Later this year, a cargo ferry run by SinFa Transport Co., Ltd. (president Hsu Chih-hsiung and based in Taichung) will commence a regular service between Keelung in Taiwan and Ishigaki, Miyako in Okinawa. The president of the shipping company and Lie Kuen-Cheng,...