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International tourism revenue in Okinawa up by 36%

June 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 7, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced the results of a survey on international tourists’ level of satisfaction with tourism in Okinawa in fiscal 2012. Revenue from tourism increased 36 percent to 22.7 billion yen because in comparison to the previous year foreign tourist numbers went up by 26.9 percent to 382,500.

The number of tourists flying to Okinawa increased by 30.7 percent to 238,500. Revenue for this category increased...

 

Doctor joins handball team to pursue his dream

Doctor joins handball team to pursue his dream

June 6, 2013 Noriko Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

A doctor has joined the ranks of Japan’s top handball players. Shogo Nakamura, 30, from Iwate Prefecture, has passed the tryout for Ryukyu Corazon, a team in the Japan Handball League. He came to Okinawa on June 4 and joined the other members...

Dolphin in giant aquarium of Okinawa Churaumi

Dolphin in giant aquarium of Okinawa Churaumi

June 4, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1, a spotted dolphin in the large main aquarium Kuroshio Sea has been open for public viewing at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu.

This is the time for the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium to put a dolphin in this tank. It provides a valuable insight into...

Free Ie Beef for high school students from neighboring islands

Free Ie Beef for high school students from neighboring islands

June 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

“We hope students from neighboring islands will eat well,” said Kenji Naka, 37, the manager of the Itoman direct sales shop of the Agricultural Production Cooperation Group Ie Gyu. This shop, which opened in April in Nishizaki, Itoman, offers support for high...

Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

Ocean thermal power generation to start on Kume-jima

June 4, 2013 Ayako Sakaguchi of the Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government has been promoting a new energy policy. The Deep Sea Water Research Center on Kume-jima has been carrying out proof tests for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) since April. This is a pioneer project for...

Monument of Nuchi du Takara completed at Peace Memorial Park

Monument of <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> completed at Peace Memorial Park

June 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, in front of the Cornerstone of Peace at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman, an unveiling ceremony was held of a stone monument for world peace. The words “Nuchi du Takara (Life itself is our treasure)” are inscribed...

Takara to take part in Deaflympics

Takara to take part in Deaflympics

June 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

From July 26 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the International Olympic Committee will hold the Summer Deaflympics, in which deaf athletes compete at an elite level. Miki Takara, from Tomigusuku and a senior at Shikoku Gakuin University, will represent Japan in volleyball.

This...

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

June 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sagaribana powderpuff trees are blooming along the avenue by the Palette Kumoji shopping mall in Kumoji, Naha, creating an even more attractive night downtown. Adorable pink or white flowers with a subtle fragrance delight passers-by.

Sagaribana are mainly...

Boarding house owner supports sumo wrestler Chiyoo

Boarding house owner supports sumo wrestler Chiyoo

June 2, 2013 Shuko Oshiro of Ryukyu Shimpo

On 26 May, the final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament held in Tokyo, wrestler Chiyoo narrowly posted a losing record with seven wins and eight losses. Chiyoo, whose real name is Miyohito Motoi, has become the first juryo level (second of six...

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

Okinawans reunite after 68 years

June 3, 2013 Sadao Tome Correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

Seventy-nine-year-old Eijiro Gibo, a recognized authority on Okinawan traditional arts and former head of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum, and 94-year-old Seiyu (subsequently: Frank) Agarie have met for the first time in 68 years.

Gibo...

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

AmerAsian School in Okinawa marks 15th anniversary of establishment

June 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 1, at Jubilance in Ginowan, the AmerAsian School in Okinawa celebrated the 15th anniversary of its establishment. Amerasian refers to people born in Asia to a U.S. military father and an Asian mother.
About 200 people – current students, parents,...