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Okinawa tourism at record high, OPG hopes to achieve 10 million tourists for FY 2018

Okinawa tourism at record high, OPG hopes to achieve 10 million tourists for FY 2018

 

April 26, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 25, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced that compared to fiscal year (FY) 2016, FY 2017 saw a 9.2% increase in incoming tourists, or 809,800 more people, for a record high of 9,579,000.

There were several factors that contributed to this overall increase. First, there was an expansion of domestic air routes, such as direct flights to and from remote islands.

Secondly, there were more foreign tourists...

 

Okinawa Defense Bureau continues contracting security company after learning of 740 million yen over-charge

Okinawa Defense Bureau continues contracting security company after learning of 740 million yen over-charge

 

April 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Tokyo – It was learned on April 24 that the security contractor awarded the...

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese performance group visits Vietnam for Hue Festival

Yaese Lion Dance group, which consists of traditional-arts performers in Yaese town, visited Hue City in Vietnam to participate Hue Festival 2018, which opened on April 27.

The group, led by Takeshi Kamiya, visited the Hue Central Hospital to hold a workshop with Thai Nghi Duong Lion dance...

150 citizens hold on-water protest against Henoko base marking one year since embankment work began

150 citizens hold on-water protest against Henoko base marking one year since embankment work began

April 25, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

April 25 marked one year since embankment work commenced for the new base in Henoko, Nago City.

The Helicopter Base Objection Association held a sit-in on the water in Oura Bay.

A little after 9:00 a.m., 150 people called to action assembled...

Two years after murder by ex-Marine, wounds of the bereaved family have yet to heal

Two years after murder by ex-Marine, wounds of the bereaved family have yet to heal

April 27, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

As of April 28, it has been two years since it occurred that a U.S. military contractor sexually assaulted and murdered a woman in the central part of Okinawa Island.

On the 26th an attorney who represents the family of the deceased released...

People digging clams and praying for health at beaches in Okinawa

People digging clams and praying for health at beaches in Okinawa

 

Many people visited sunny beaches on March 18, which is March 3 on the old lunar calendar, to hold an event called Hama-ori. Many children enjoyed clam digging on the beaches.

 

About 40 children, aged four to five, from Gajimaru nursery school in Mekaru, Naha City,...

National Route 329 traffic halted for over 10 minutes to allow U.S. amphibious vehicles’ passage

National Route 329 traffic halted for over 10 minutes to allow U.S. amphibious vehicles’ passage

April 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

Around 3:30 p.m. on April 16 in Matsuda, Ginoza Village, 10 or more U.S. military amphibious vehicles crossed National Route 329 while traveling from the ocean toward the mountains. Regular traffic was stopped for over 10 minutes as the amphibious vehicles passed....

Okinawan works at exhibit in Jeju, South Korea for the 70th anniversary of the Jeju Uprising depict the reality of the Battle of Okinawa and military base situation

Okinawan works at exhibit in Jeju, South Korea for the 70th anniversary of the Jeju Uprising depict the reality of the Battle of Okinawa and military base situation

April 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Jeju Museum of Art on Jeju Island off the southern coast of South Korea began their “Post Trauma Exhibit” March 31 to mark the 70th anniversary of the “Jeju Uprising,” a revolt that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of island residents at the...

The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo exhibits reconstructed face model of Paleolithic era person

The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo exhibits reconstructed face model of Paleolithic era person

April 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

How did a person from the Paleolithic era 27,000 years ago look?
On April 20 at 9:30 a.m., the Okinawa Prefectural Buried Cultural Property Center announced that the work of restoring the face from a skull found at Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins has been completed....

ACSILs representative Oyakawa speaks about Okinawa at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

ACSILs representative Oyakawa speaks about Okinawa at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 20, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo
Washington Special Correspondent Yukiyo Zaha reporting

At the UN Headquarters in New York, the Seventeenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) opened on April 16 to discuss expanding protections for indigenous people’s rights....

Onaga attends Prefectural Office for first time in 12 days, says he is spiritedly doing his best

Onaga attends Prefectural Office for first time in 12 days, says he is spiritedly doing his best

 

April 17, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On April 16, Governor of Okinawa Takeshi Onaga came to work at the Prefectural Office for the first time in 12 days, after he had been told to rest following the discovery of a tumor in his pancreas. As for attending the first policy...