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Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue hits 534.1 billion yen marking a new high

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the data released by Okinawa Prefectural Government on July 16, Okinawa’s 2014 tourism revenue went up 19.3 percent to 534,172,000,000 yen in fiscal year 2014. It was second year in row the figure reached a record high, exceeding 500 billion yen.

Spending per person increased 9.5 percent to 74,502 yen and was the highest since 2006. Lodging expenses, which account for 30 percent of tourist spending, increased 21.6 percent to 22,317 yen,...

 

First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

July 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, China Eastern Airlines commenced a regular twice-a-week flight service connecting Hangzhou, China with Naha Airport. Shortly after 1:00pm, 151 passengers arrived on the first flight from Hangzhou to the international terminal of Naha Airport. At the terminal,...

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

Naha city makes LGBT City Support Declaration

July 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Pink Dot Okinawa, an event promoting a society more accepting of sexual minorities, also known as LGBT, was held at the Tenbusu Square in Makishi, Naha on July 19. For the event, Naha City Government made a “Rainbow Naha Declaration,” which set out the...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

Nago Mayor says panel report will become a big force against new US base

Nago Mayor says panel report will become a big force against new US base

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An advisory panel has submitted to Govenor Takeshi Onaga its final report tabling legal flaws found in the former governor’s approval of the landfill in Henoko, Nago. The landfill is part of the plan to build a new base to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...

Taco Rice creator Parlor Senri closes after 31 years

Taco Rice creator Parlor Senri closes after 31 years

July 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The creator of the now nationally famous Taco Rice,Taco-rice founder Parlor Senri, in the town of Kin in northern Okinawa, closed on June 29 after 31 years in operation. While fans lamented the store’s closing, they also expressed excitement about tasting the same...

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

Collectable stamps of the Iriomote wild cat to help raise funds for its protection

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 17, the Japan Post Network Okinawa Branch released sets of Iriomote wild cat original stamps. The launch of the new stamps onto the market commemorates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the animal, a special national treasure, which is found only on...

Okinawa Governor Onaga criticizes forcible passage of security bills in Lower House

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

With controversial security bills being forced through the Lower House, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has given a severe critique of the Japanese government. Onaga said, “It is extremely disappointing the bills were passed forcibly while it should have been discussed...

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

French researcher wins highest award at Miyakojima dialect contest

July 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The 22nd Miyakufutsu speech contest was held on July 12 at Matida Municipal Theater in Miyakojima.
Seven men and women from 27-year-olds to 66-year-olds performed their speeches on stage in Miyakufutu, the dialect of Miyakojima. With many stories of humor,...

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

New damage found on coral in Oura Bay possibly due to Henoko relocation plan

July 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Japanese government is carrying out preparation work in Oura Bay for construction of a new U.S. base that would replace the Futenma air base in Ginowan. On July 16, members of Diving Team Rainbow of the Helicopter Base Objection Association confirmed newly damaged...

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

Hawaii-Okinawa photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre

July 9, 2015 Shoichiro Yonamine of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Hawaii

The Ryukyu Shimpo launched the Hawaii-Okinawa Press Photo exhibition at Hawaii Okinawa Centre in Oahu Island on July 8. The exhibition was held ahead of the Ryukyu Shimpo’s forum called “Kizuna Ichimadhin Future...