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Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

Foreign investors looking to buy up hotels in Okinawa as corona-related losses force many to sell

June 9, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Yuki Nakamura

The tourism industry took a big hit from the effects of COVID-19, and there are increasing stories of those who are looking to sell their hotels despite the drop in price, as well as foreign firms and investors who are looking to purchase lodging facilities. Those involved in the industry in Okinawa have felt an increasing danger, commenting, “There is a good chance that a large portion of Okinawa’s real estate and tourism revenue ends...

 

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

“It was so loud that I couldn’t sleep”, Osprey land on MCAS Futenma just before 11:00 p.m.

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 2 several vertical take-off and landing transport MV-22 Osprey landed on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (MCAS Futenma) in Ginowan City after 10:00 p.m., which falls outside the time period allowed under aircraft noise abatement measures (the noise prevention...

Baby bat found in motorcycle rescued, Naha City

Baby bat found in motorcycle rescued, Naha City

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Ryota Shimabukuro

A baby Orii’s flying-fox was found stuck inside the front wheel cover of a parked motorcycle in Izumizaki, Naha City, Okinawa, around 10 a.m. on June 3.

The bat pup was heard squeaking for its mother which was perched on a...

Heatstroke risk rises to dangerous level with the summer sun coming out for “Grain in Ear” in Nago, Miyako, and Ishigaki

Heatstroke risk rises to dangerous level with the summer sun coming out for “Grain in Ear” in Nago, Miyako, and Ishigaki

June 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

June 5 was boshu (Grain in Ear), one of the 24 points on the traditional East Asian solar calendar. It marks the time of the year to sow grains such as rice and wheat. On June 4, a high-pressure system and sunny weather not often seen in the rainy season came to Okinawa.

Of...

“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

“Very Rare!” Coral Spawning During Neap Tide  Night-time Broadcast Spawning in a Tank at Churaumi Aquarium

June 4, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Motobu – On the night of May 31, coral spawning was confirmed at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu. Approximately 70 species of coral are housed in the aquarium’s Coral Sea tank. Corals spawn every year between May and June, right around the time of the...

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

Thirty new names to be engraved on Cornerstone of Peace, bringing total to 241,593 names

June 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

On June 1, the Okinawa Prefectural Government’s Peace Support and Gender Equality Division announced that in FY 2020, it will engrave an additional 30 names on the Cornerstone of Peace monument in Mabuni, Itoman, on which are engraved the names of...

Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

Chrysanthemum farmer has to dispose of 15% of his stock as coronavirus causes decrease in public funerals, participation in tomb sweeping festival

May 27, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Daitetsu Teruya and Sanenori Kinjo

 

Nanbu – Chrysanthemum farmers, who were already facing a harsh business environment due to low prices in recent years, have taken a major hit due to the effects of the coronavirus. With the declaration of...

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

Drive-thru giveaway: come get a free tadpole or beetle from this local breeder

May 31, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Masayasu Minei

 

Yaga, Nago City—Nowadays, it is rare to see native species of tadpoles (takamah-mi in the Okinawan language), crucian carp (tah-iyu), stag beetles, and horned beetles; but Makoto Zamami, 70, has bred and propagated...

Cost of land reclamation in two zones in Henoko rise by 13.5 billion yen to 51.3 billon yen total

Cost of land reclamation in two zones in Henoko rise by 13.5 billion yen to 51.3 billon yen total

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 28 it came to light that, in March of this year, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) ordered additional construction projects for the land reclamation work on the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko, Nago City, thereby increasing the original cost of...

“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

“Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” cancelled over coronavirus concerns, Okinawa to hold off on sending annual gift

May 28, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Tokyo – The Japanese government decided to cancel an annual cabinet meeting where the cabinet members all wear Kariyushi shirts in what has been dubbed the “Kariyushi Cabinet Meeting” May 27.

This year’s meeting was cancelled both due to the effects...

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

Protecting Japanese white-eye chicks with a parasol “Feeling like a bird parent” Chatan’s Mr. Yonaha, looking forward to baby birds fledging

May 29, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Chatan – A Japanese white-eye built its nest in Zenkei Yonaha’s satsuma orange tree in Chatan, Chatan Town. Three baby birds had hatched by May 27. Yonaha uses a parasol or branches to cover and protect the nest while the parents are off searching for food. “I...