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Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

Multilingual support for foreign tourists increases 9% to 7,145 cases according to 2016 contact center report

May 25, 2017 by Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) released their 2016 report for the Multilingual Contact Center, which handles foreign visitors. The number of support cases for 2016 increased 8.7% from the previous year to 7,145. A large number of requests were for interpretation while talking to taxi drivers and hotel staff, and the report made it clear that multilingual support at sightseeing spots were insufficient. There was an increase in tourist information...

 

Okinawa is the “treasure trove” for discovering prehistoric human remains

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Human remains from the Old Stone Age or Japan’s Paleolithic era, which is more than 16,000 years ago, have been found at 10 different ruins within Okinawa. In Japan, there are more than 10,000 ruins from the Old Stone Age. Despite that, discovering human remains...

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

Onaga says 74% disapproval poll shows Okinawans find Henoko base circumstances “outrageous”

May 26, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition

At a press conference on May 26 Governor Takeshi Onaga commented on a recent public opinion poll that took place after the Supreme Court of Japan handed down the decision against Okinawa concerning the revocation of landfill reclamation approval. The...

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

Orion Beer celebrates its 60th anniversary, looks to represent Okinawan industry in the global market

May 17, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Orion Breweries, Ltd (Urasoe, Okinawa; Yoshio Kadekaru, President), widely known as Okinawa’s hometown beer, reached the 60th anniversary of its founding on May 18. 12 years after the conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa, at a time when the industrial infrastructure...

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

World Boxing Council titleholder Higa of Okinawa bound for Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award

May 23, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan boxer Daigo Higa of Shira Gushiken Sports Gym recently took the World Boxing Council (WBC) Flyweight title. He has inspired many Okinawans, and the Ryukyu Shimpo sports honor award will be bestowed upon him on June 9. A ceremony will be held that evening...

Higa wins WBC Flyweight title, becomes first Okinawan world champion in 25 years

Higa wins WBC Flyweight title, becomes first Okinawan world champion in 25 years

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawan boxer Daigo Higa, 21, of the Shirai-Gushiken gym and ranked first in the world, captured the WBC Flyweight world title at a match held at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on the evening of May 20. He defeated Mexican Juan Hernandez, 30, with a technical knockout...

Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

Fearless bullfights entertain 4000 onlookers

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 107th Spring Island-Wide Bullfight was held at the multipurpose dome in Ishikawa, Uruma City on May 14. A total of 24 excellent bulls were selected from the 19 bullfight associations in the prefecture. The bulls waged savage battles and entertained the audience....

Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins confirmed as first graveyard during Old Stone Age in the country

Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins confirmed as first graveyard during Old Stone Age in the country

May 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19, at the Okinawa Prefectural Buried Cultural Property Center, Nishihara Town, the prefectural education board announced the results of the investigation into the Shiraho Saonetabaru Cave Ruins, which was conducted between fiscal 2012 and 2016.

The...

Itoman City and Okinawa Prefectural Government taking measures to prevent illegal waste dumping in Mabuni

Itoman City and Okinawa Prefectural Government taking measures to prevent illegal waste dumping in Mabuni

May 13, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 12, about 20 people including prefectural officials and Itoman City officials visited and confirmed a site of illegal waste dumping. Illegally dumped waste such as empty cans and household appliances have been piled up for many years under cliffs facing the...

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

New research finds Japan’s linkage with Senkaku Islands dating back to 1819

May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 12, the government published a research report for 2016 on Okinawa Prefecture’s Senkaku Islands and Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima. The report included document(s) stating that Ryukyu royalty arrived on the shores of the Senkaku Islands in 1819. This is...

MOD states GSDF missile unit activities on Miyako might extend to civilian land

May 19, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

(Tokyo) At the House of Councilors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense meeting on May 18, Bureau of Defense Buildup Planning director Keiichi Takahashi indicated the possibility that as part of the planned deployment of Ground Self-Defense Forces (GSDF) to Miyakojima...