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Okinawa aiming to attract 6.9 million tourists in the 2014 fiscal year

Okinawa aiming to attract 6.9 million tourists in the 2014 fiscal year

May 21 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced a plan to attract more tourists to Okinawa in the 2014 fiscal year on May 20. The government has aimed to attract 6.9 million tourists to Okinawa. The number has increased by 4.9 percent from the number of tourists in the 2013 fiscal year (6.58 million). It has also increased by 100,000 from the number aimed for in a previous plan announced in March.

Of the tourists coming to Okinawa, the OPG aims to attract...

 

Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

Summer vegetable loofa harvest starts

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Loofa or Hechima harvest has started in Okinawa. The harvest season is from the end of May to July. Mainland Japanese do not have the custom of eating loofa, but it is a popular vegetable during summer in Okinawa.

Hiroshi Tome, a fifty-two-year-old,...

ANA begins cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore

ANA begins cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore

May 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has started new cargo flights between Okinawa and Singapore as part of its international cargo project. The cargo flight on this route left for Singapore at 5:00 a.m. on April 14.

There will be six flights per week from Okinawa, with...

International Hula Dance competition held in Miyako Island

International Hula Dance competition held in Miyako Island

May 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

International Hula Dance competition Kagimana hula Miyakojima 2014 was held at Mateada Civic Theater and other venues in Miyako City from May 16 to 18.
The contenders performed gracefully, dancing to Hawaiian music and captivating the audience.

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Seven-Eleven to tap into markets in Okinawa

May 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The world’s largest convenience store operator Seven-Eleven, Inc. plans to tap into markets in Okinawa. The company is negotiating with Okinawan companies about affiliating, building stores, and acquiring factories.

Seven-Eleven is targeting Okinawa as...

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

About 2,100 people take part in 5.15 peace rally despite the rain

May 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 18, the last day of the 37th peace march, a rally to protect life and peace was held in Ginowan. The march and rally commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty from the United Sates occupation. Despite heavy rain,...

Nago Mayor conveys his opposition to Henoko relocation to U.S. government

Nago Mayor conveys his opposition to Henoko relocation to U.S. government

May 21, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine met Peter Hemsch, the deputy director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. State Department on May 19. The mayor conveyed his intention to oppose the plan to relocate U.S. Marine...

Prime Minister Abe’s re-interpretation of the peace clause: Okinawan people concerned changes could provide a way to war

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness to review interpretation of the constitution to exercise the right to collective self-defense. Many residents living near U.S. military bases and survivors of the Battle of Okinawa were alarmed by this,...

Davao statue memorial service held for the Okinawan war dead in Philippines

Davao statue memorial service held for the Okinawan war dead in Philippines

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15 at the Statue of Davao at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City, the Okinawa Davao Association held a memorial service. About 150 people attended, including bereaved families of the victims of the Pacific War who died in Davao in the Philippines. They prayed...

Okinawa to provide more multi-lingual diving guides

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In fiscal 2014, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) will work on a project to train people who speak foreign languages to become diving guides.

The OPG aims to equip job seekers who can speak foreign languages with the diving expertise and skills needed...

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty

Peace march to mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japanese sovereignty

May 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To mark the 42nd anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty, a rally was held in the Henoko district of Nago on May 16. Participants marched around three courses. According to the organizers, about 1,100 people from in and outside Japan took...