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A reduction in tourist visitors to Okinawa due to coronavirus, anticipated to be around 500,000, could lead to a decrease in tourism revenue of 28.1 billion yen, cause 1,940 job losses

A reduction in tourist visitors to Okinawa due to coronavirus, anticipated to be around 500,000, could lead to a decrease in tourism revenue of 28.1 billion yen, cause 1,940 job losses

February 20, 2020 Ryukyus Shimpo

The Nansei shoto Industrial Advancement Center (NIAC, Mitsuru Omine, president) announced their estimation of the effects the corona virus would have on the Okinawan economy February 19.

They estimate that the effects of the virus would continue from February through July, and could potentially lead to a decrease in tourist visitors of around 500,000 people, equating to a decrease in tourism revenue of about 28.1 billion yen.

The NIAC is predicting...

 

Embankment to be built for new Henoko base could collapse, weak ground fails to meet national port facility standards

Embankment to be built for new Henoko base could collapse, weak ground fails to meet national port facility standards

February 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Regarding the issue that data existed indicating the presence of “weak” ground deeper than 70 meters below the sea surface at the location of the new base construction in Henoko, Nago, Niigata University emeritus professor of geology Masaaki Tateishi and...

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

February 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Chubu – The 28th 2020 Okinawa Marathon (co-hosted by Chubu Large Area Municipal Corp, the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., Okinawa Television, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) Okinawa, and the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park...

Kumiodori celebrates 300 years, prayers for Shuri Castle

Kumiodori celebrates 300 years, prayers for Shuri Castle

February 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The event Ryukyu Buyo and Kumiodori was held on February 15 at Shurijo Castle Park in Naha City to celebrate the 300th anniversary of kumiodori (traditional Okinawan dance) and to offer prayers for the reconstruction of Shuri Castle.

The event was organized...

Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

Participants from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan search for remains of Battle of Okinawa victims in Kenken, Motobu, wish for peace in East Asia

February 11, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

February 9 saw the start of joint excavation work by youth from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (organized by the Kenken Remains Excavation Joint Action Committee) on land in Kenken, Motobu where the remains of fourteen people, including two Koreans, were buried...

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

“There’s no end in sight” 1,000 reservations from China visitors to Okinawa cancelled due to the corona virus, many worry will lead to decrease in domestic tourism as well

February 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The spread of a pneumonia brought about by the corona virus has had an ever-increasing impact on the global economy, and it has cast a large shadow over the economy of Okinawa, which had previously been enjoying continued growth in their tourism industry.

Okinawa...

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

Changing Sadness and Despair into Hope and Love Turning Hopes for Shuri Castle’s Reconstruction into Art

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Kazuki Furugen

Manabu Kochi is an artist from Naha who lives in France.

Recently, he completed a painting imbued with the grief he feels at the loss of Shuri Castle, which burned down in late October of last year, and his hopes for its reconstruction....

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

U.S. admits to F/A-18 part falling, location unknown. Gov. Tamaki: “It’s outrageous”

February 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter-attack aircraft (based in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni) lost its fuel door (panel covering the fuel tank) during an exercise conducted on Kadena Air Base.

On February 13, the U.S. Naval Forces Japan effectively admitted...

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

Parhelion sunlight phenomenon observed in Naha City and Urasoe City

February 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of February 11, a light phenomenon in which light appears in the sky horizontal to the sun, called a “parhelion (genjitsu)”, was observed in Naha City and Urasoe City.

The light appearing to both sides of the sun made it seem as though...

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

Kin and Honolulu sign a friendship agreement on the 120-year anniversary of Okinawans first emigrating from Okinawa to Hawaii

February 12, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The town of Kin (Hajime Nakama, mayor) and the city of Honolulu (Kirk Caldwell, mayor), signed a friendship agreement on February 11 at Honolulu City Hall as part of a celebration of Okinawa’s first emigrants to Hawaii from Kin 120 years ago.

They will...

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

JSDF amphibious brigade joint exercise with US invites further integration

February 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japan Ground Self Defense Force’s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade conducted a joint exercise together with the U.S. military at Kin Blue Beach Training Area in Kin, Okinawa, on February 9, which was open to the news media. It is the first time for the...