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Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo aims to be first medical tourist facility

July 24, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Medical corporation Tapic Group plans to change its Yuinchi Hotel Nanjo to medical tourist facility. They will build an annex to house a new rehabilitation facility and clinic on hotel property. It will open in April 2017.

The hotel annex will be a seven-story building of a total floor area of 5,500 square meters. It has 71 guest rooms, which are all western-style with ocean views. Targeted customers are long-stay travelers from overseas....

 

Large hydrothermal deposit found off coast of Iheya Island

Large hydrothermal deposit found off coast of Iheya Island

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) announced on July 26 that there is possibly presence of a hydrothermal deposit under the sea off the coast of Iheya Island. JAMSTEC speculates that this hydrothermal deposit is the largest one of...

Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

Worldwide figure company Kaiyodo holds an exhibit in Okinawa

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Japanese company Kaiyodo which is known for figurines and garage kits worldwide, held a figure exhibit at the special hall on the third floor of Tomarin (Tomari Port Terminal) in Naha.

Organizers displayed over 4,000 figures created by the company. The exhibit...

Three candidates to run in the gubernatorial election

Three candidates to run in the gubernatorial election

July 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 23, Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga stated that he would announce during a regular session of the city council slated to be held on September 8 that he will run in the gubernatorial election. The election is to be held on November 16. He will make his declaration...

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

All Okinawa united rally requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden draws 2,000

July 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The mayors of all municipalities in Okinawa visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence to give him a petition requesting the U.S. and Japanese governments abandon the plan to relocate the facilities at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within...

Davao Memorial Service for the War Dead

Davao Memorial Service for the War Dead

July 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, a group from “The 50th Tour for Davao Memorial Service and Exchange” visited the Mintal district of Davao in the Philippines to hold a memorial service in front of the Monument of Okinawa at the Japanese Cemetery. Bereaved families of the...

Children enjoy night zoo

Children enjoy night zoo

July 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 19, an event called “Zoo Night,” which will be held every Saturday night during the summer vacation, started at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum in the Goya district of Okinawa City. The event will last until 9 p.m.

On the first day of the event,...

Tourist sites managed by Okinawan company draw over 50 million visitors

Tourist sites managed by Okinawan company draw over 50 million visitors

July 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The total number of tourists ever to visit five Okinawan tourist sites managed by Nanto Corporation, including the Okinawa World in Nanjo City, exceeded 50 million on July 16. On that day, the company held a ceremony to present its 50 millionth guest anniversary...

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

July 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dropped in at Henoko fishing port in Nago, during his stay in Okinawa to take part in a symposium. After visiting the tent of a 17-year ongoing sit-in, he surveyed the shore of Camp Schwab, the planned relocation site...

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

July 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Ice Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. Staff members fed ice cubes containing horsemeat, apples, and carrots to animals. Many visitors, including children and their parents, enjoyed watching animals’ rare, odd behavior....

Stand off between citizens and police officers at gate of Camp Schwab in Nago

Stand off between citizens and police officers at gate of Camp Schwab in Nago

July 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An ongoing protest rally against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago started at the front of the first gate at Camp Schwab at about 6:00 a.m. on July 25.

Before citizens arrived at the first gate,...