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Sweet potato weevil eradicated on Kume-jima

January 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, at a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, a senior staff member of the Naha Plant Protection Station announced that the serious plant pest known as the sweet potato weevil, or Cylas formicarius, has been eradicated on Kume-jima. The Naha Plant Protection Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has been carrying out a survey of the extermination of the weevil on Kume-jima since June 2012. This...

 

Survey indicates Okinawa’s popularity among tourists from Asia

January 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 18, the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) released an interim report from a survey of tourists from eight locations in Asia. In general, many of them would like to travel on what is often termed the “Golden Route,” the route between Tokyo and Osaka,...

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

Okinawan students to go to Asia on cultural trip

January 16, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefecture Board of Education has launched a project to send high school students engaged in arts and cultural activities to Singapore in February, and then to Shanghai in March, in order to deepen cultural exchanges with young people in those cities....

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, a special “Take Care of an Elephant” event was held at the Kinoshita Circus venue at Toyosaki in Tomigusuku. Nagi Oshiro, a third-grade pupil of Takara Elementary School, enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunity, washing down an elephant...

F-22 Raptors to Kadena Air Base

F-22 Raptors to Kadena Air Base

January 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 14, nine U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighters flew in to Kadena Air Base. The U.S. Air Force plans to deploy a total of twelve of these aircraft to Kadena within the next four months, with the remaining three aircraft coming on January 15.

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OPG exchanges opinions with travel agents on the commercialization of Okinawan performing arts

OPG exchanges opinions with travel agents on the commercialization of Okinawan performing arts

January 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5 and 6, an Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) sponsored tour for travel agents and media from outside Okinawa was held to look into the possibility of commercializing Okinawan performing arts. This is a part of the OPG’s cultural tourism promotion...

Winter tankan season begins

Winter tankan season begins

January 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From January 5, you can enjoy picking tankan (similar to tangerines) at the Orange Farm in Izumi, Motobu Town. Due to damage caused by seawater and typhoons, the farm will be open only until the end of February this year, which is shorter than usual. ...

U.S. Marine Corps considers a new jungle warfare training facility near the United States

January 7, 2013 Hideki Matsudo of the Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

On January 2, the Marine Corps Times reported that the U.S. Marines have considered establishing a new jungle training facility near to continental United States. The Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) is currently...

New uminchu diner to open in Itoman

New uminchu diner to open in Itoman

January 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

In mid-February, Hiroyasu Tamaki will open an Itoman fishermen’s style diner in Nishizaki. The restaurant will reflect traditional Itoman uminchu (fishermen) culture, and will use fresh fish caught in the sea off Itoman. A feature of the menu is going...

Tourism Agency survey – 96 percent satisfied

Tourism Agency survey - 96 percent satisfied

January 9, 2013 Ayako Sakaguchi of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 7, the Japan Tourism Agency released results of a survey of travel and tourism trends such as satisfaction and intention to re-visit. According to the survey, focusing on those who traveled to domestic tourist spots, Okinawa accounted...

Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

Intellectuals in Okinawa assert that the Senkaku Islands should be shared

January 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 11, at the Press Club in the Okinawa Prefectural Government office, Teruo Hiyane, professor emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus, Ishihara Masaie, professor emeritus of the Okinawa International University and other prominent intellectuals held...