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Okinawa promotes charm of Awamori to British luxury liner guests

Okinawa promotes charm of Awamori to British luxury liner guests

March 30, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 26, British cruise ship Queen Elizabeth docked at Naha Cruise Terminal, its first visit to Okinawa. The Okinawa Sake Brewers Association and the Okinawa Regional Taxation Office, the governing agency of Awamori, held a tasting event to showcase Okinawan aged sakes to expand demand for Awamori.

Consumption of the liquor has decreased lately. Awamori Queen Miyu Oshiro and its office staff highlighted the charms of the alcoholic beverage to visitors...

 

Partial out-of-court bargaining offered for US military-related damage to fishing

March 17, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tuna fishermen in Okinawa experienced several incidents in which their long-line fishing nets were repeatedly cut by unknown causes in 2014. The US military’s ocean surveillance ship Impeccable was called into question. It became known that a Danish private maritime...

Joint Serakaki resort hotel project aimed for completion in 2018

March 5, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyu Land Corporation (TLC), NTT Urban Development, and Milial Resort Hotels have recently concluded a contract for a joint hotel project in Serakaki, Onna Village. The three companies (based in Tokyo, Tokyo, and Chiba Prefectures respectively) will jointly develop...

Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

Disappointment in Okinawa after unsuccessful Taiwan-Japan fishery talks

March 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taiwan-Japan Fishery Talks were held from March 2 to 4. At the meeting, officials decided that the 2016 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Season Fishing Rule (April to July quarter) will adhere to the 15-year rule, in accordance with the Taiwan-Japan Fisheries Agreement. The...

14,000 couples with resort weddings bring huge economic effects to Okinawa in 2015

February 19, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 18, the Okinawa Prefecture Culture, Tourism and Sports Division announced 14,175 couples had Okinawa resort weddings in 2015, a rise of 17.5 percent for the same period last year and the highest number ever. Among the weddings, the number of couples...

Online travel companies actively promote Okinawa as a travel destination

February 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

One after another, major international online travel companies are promoting Okinawa as a travel destination. Booking.com (based in the Netherlands) and Expedia (based in the US), have both established regional offices in Okinawa. Japanese domestic integrated...

Lunar New Year tourists enjoy shopping sprees in Okinawa

Lunar New Year tourists enjoy shopping sprees in Okinawa

February 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

The Lunar New Year began on February 6, and many Chinese and Taiwanese tourists are visiting Okinawa as a result. Tourists have been flooding into large-scale shopping malls, adding to the liveliness Products on their checklist include home...

Number of Chinese tourists in Okinawa to soar during Lunar New Year

February 2, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Wu Li Jun

February 6 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. The Greater China region will be able to enjoy a long series of holidays, a nine-day weekend being the biggest. This is likely to bring a much larger crowd of visitors to Okinawa, compared...

“Ryukyu White” happoshu on limited sale

“Ryukyu White” happoshu on limited sale

January 26, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 26, Orion Breweries Limited will start selling its “Ryukyu White” happoshu, which uses Iejima-grown wheat. This is the first time for an Orion product to be brewed using mainly Okinawan ingredients. Ryukyu White is a craft beer variant, utilizing...

Record 7.76 million tourists visit Okinawa in 2015

January 22, 2016 Ryuyku Shimpo

On January 21, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the number of tourist visits to Okinawa in the calendar year 2015. The number was 7,760,000, representing a 10 percent increase over the previous year and reaching a new high for three consecutive...

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

Foreign tourists visit Okinawa for tourism and health check-ups

January 7, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventeen visitors from Amoy, Fujian in China arrived at Naha Airport on January 6 to participate in “medical tourism” in which participants get health check-ups while enjoying resort tourism in Okinawa. The participants stayed for five nights while...

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