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Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

Chinese are biggest spenders among foreign tourists in Okinawa: survey

May 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Chinese are the top spenders among foreign tourists visiting Okinawa Prefecture, with each person dishing out an average of 155,191 yen, up 1.7% from the previous year, according to a survey released on May 27 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG).

Releasing the preliminary data on tourists traveling by air to Okinawa for fiscal 2014, the OPG culture, tourism and sports division said foreign tourists on average spent 106,051 yen per person, up...

 

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

War memories must be preserved; pledge made at Memorial Ceremony in Tinian

May 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 26, the 38th Tinian Memorial Ceremony for War Victims of Okinawan Descent was held at the “Okinawa Tower” located on the Carolinas Plateau in Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Around 80 people attended the memorial ceremony, their families, and local...

Gov. Onaga seeks U.S senators’ and representative’s support to block new base

Gov. Onaga seeks U.S senators’ and representative’s support to block new base

May 29, 2015 this story compiled from articles by Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga met with Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Tulsi Gabbard on May 27 in Honolulu. The two are Democrats elected in Hawaii. Both serve in the Congress’s Armed Services Committees....

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

Rainy season starts later than usual in Okinawa

May 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 20, Okinawa Meteorological Observatory declared the start of rainy season in Okinawa, 11 days later than in an average year, and 15 days later than last year.

In the Amami Islands near Okinawa, the wet weather began on May 19, the earliest rainy season...

University of the Ryukyus creates database of botanical resources to encourage academic/industrial cooperation

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus has created a database of botanical information collected in Okinawa. Hoping to strengthen cooperation between industry and academia, the University hopes the botanical resources can be used to help develop food and medical products....

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

Gov. Onaga explains Okinawa’s US military base issue to Hawaii Governor

May 31, 2015 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Honolulu

On May 30, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Hawaii Governor David Ige met for the first time in Honolulu.

At their meeting, Onaga explained that he would seek to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma outside...

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

400 year-old Sagaribana blooms in Okinawa

May 17, 2015 Hideaki Yoneda, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo 

A Sagaribana tree, also known as Sawafuji (Barringtonia racemosa,) could be seen blossoming in Tokashiki Village on May 8. The tree has been growing there for a long time, alongside the Tokashiki River on the west side of the...

87 new names inscribed on Cornerstone of Peace memorial in Okinawa

May 22, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on May 21 that they would add the names of 87 people who died in the war to the Cornerstone of Peace memorial. The memorial lists the victims of the Battle of Okinawa. All of those newly added came from Japan –...

Okinawa aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015

May 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa Prefecture aims to attract 7.6 million tourists in fiscal 2015, up about 6% from last year, the prefectural government (OPG) said on May 19. The OPG made the announcement as it unveiled part of its “Visit Okinawa” tourism project for the year that...

Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

Governor Onaga heads to Washington to seek cancellation of new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo By Hideki Matsudo

The Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will visit the United States from May 27 to June 5 to block a new U.S. military base from being built in Henoko, Nago. In Washington D.C., he will meet U.S. officials. The Governor will request that the U.S. government,...

The commentaries on Gov. Onaga’s visit to the U.S.

The military that threatens the dignity of women

Harumi MiyagiHarumi Miyagi, historian on women’s issues in Okinawa

About 15 years ago,...