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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 top spot in Japan for the 11th consecutive year.
The Yaeyama Diving Association (headed by Makoto Sonoda), which held a press conference at Ishigaki City Hall on July 14, announced the acceptance...

 

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,...

Okinawa promotes testing center for Android

June 15, 2011 Takashi Hokama of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa prefecture is promoting the construction of a testing center for Android, a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. To date, Google Inc. has led the way in the development of...

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

Sweet Bakery Porsche wins Gold medal in the Monde Selection

June 17, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Sweet Bakery Porsche Co., (president Kazuko Takushi) located in Yomitan Village, won two gold medals for its products, Beni-imo-tart and Shiogoma-chinsukou, and one bronze medal for its Beni-imo-galette in the food section of the 2011...

Tripod Co. seeks to establish a medical tourism partnership with China to attract wealthy visitors

Tripod Co. seeks to establish a medical tourism partnership with China to attract wealthy visitors

June 11, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tripod is a company operating out of Tomigusuku City that mainly coordinates healthcare tourism. Its president, Seishu Tamaki, is seeking to collaborate with Yuanhua Healthcare Co.Ltd, headed by president Zhao Lei, to attract wealthy tourists from China. With 500,000...

Okinawa multiple entry visa for Chinese tourists to be approved

May 28, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 27, the Japanese government decided to issue multiple entry visas for Chinese tourists visiting Okinawa Prefecture from July 1. The visa can be used multiple times during the period of its validity. Minister in charge of Okinawa, Yukio Edano, announced this...

The Ritz-Carlton expands its operation to Kise Bettei in Nago City

The Ritz-Carlton expands its operation to Kise Bettei in Nago City

May 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 24 it was reported that the forei Learn...

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