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OPG will open an office in Beijing later this year

September 8, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

If all goes smoothly, the Okinawan Prefectural Government (OPG) will open an office in Beijing later this year. OPG hopes that this will contribute to the expansion of sales channels for the products and to attract Chinese tourists to Okinawa. The office will start with a manager from the OPG, and one or two local employees. In September, at the regular meetings of Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, the government will suggest that about 15 million yen be put...

 

Kumejima Town studies deep water in collaboration with Kona City of Hawaii

September 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Kumejima Town and Kona City of Hawaii, both of which have deep-sea water pipelines in their regions, indicated their intention to sign a sister-city agreement in Kona City on September 11 aimed at stimulating collaborative research on deep-ocean water and people-to-people...

Tomishiro Chuo Hospital establishes alliance with counterpart in Thailand

August 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 25, Tomishiro Chuo Hospital (Director Yoshiki Shiohira), located in Tomigusuku City, established a medical alliance with a hospital group of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Company Limited, which, together with its subsidiaries, operates hospitals...

Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association Established

Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association Established

August 23, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Owners of Okinawa soba restaurants have established the Okinawa Soba Development and Heritage Association in order to promote Okinawa soba (a type of noodle-soup eaten in Okinawa). On August 22, the restaurant owners, who plan to cooperate through exchange and...

OPG’s airfreight container project for Okinawan products to five Asian cities does well

OPG’s airfreight container project for Okinawan products to five Asian cities does well

August 24, 2011 Sakae Toiyama, reporter of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) has launched a project hiring room in air cargo containers to carry Okinawan products from Naha Airport to five Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai. Designed to expand overseas sales...

Pro baseball spring training camps provide economic benefit of more than 8.6 billion yen to Okinawa in 2011

Pro baseball spring training camps provide economic benefit of more than 8.6 billion yen to Okinawa in 2011

August 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to figures announced by Ryugin Research Institute Ltd. on August 9, professional baseball spring training camps brought 8.64 billion yen, a new record high, to Okinawa in 2011.
The fact that the Yomiuri Giants conducted their spring training camp...

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,...

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...