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Tourist sites managed by Okinawan company draw over 50 million visitors

Tourist sites managed by Okinawan company draw over 50 million visitors

July 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The total number of tourists ever to visit five Okinawan tourist sites managed by Nanto Corporation, including the Okinawa World in Nanjo City, exceeded 50 million on July 16. On that day, the company held a ceremony to present its 50 millionth guest anniversary gifts. It also carried out a ceremonial tree planting.

This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the founding of the company. As well as the Okinawa World, Nanto runs Okinawan tourist facilities...

 

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

Former Prime Minister Hatoyama visits Henoko

July 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 25, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama dropped in at Henoko fishing port in Nago, during his stay in Okinawa to take part in a symposium. After visiting the tent of a 17-year ongoing sit-in, he surveyed the shore of Camp Schwab, the planned relocation site...

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

Odd-behaving animals at Okinawa Zoo and Museum

July 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 13, the Ice Festival was held at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. Staff members fed ice cubes containing horsemeat, apples, and carrots to animals. Many visitors, including children and their parents, enjoyed watching animals’ rare, odd behavior....

Stand off between citizens and police officers at gate of Camp Schwab in Nago

Stand off between citizens and police officers at gate of Camp Schwab in Nago

July 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

An ongoing protest rally against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago started at the front of the first gate at Camp Schwab at about 6:00 a.m. on July 25.

Before citizens arrived at the first gate,...

Government asks Saga to tentatively host U.S. MV-22 Osprey

July 23, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a press conference on July 22, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera suggested there is a possibility that the U.S. Marines at Futenma Air Station will tentatively use Saga Airport in Saga prefecture to station aircraft. Itsunori said, “This is on the premise...

Himeyuri Peace Museum marks its 25th anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum marks its 25th anniversary

July 18, 2014 Eriko Tamaki of Ryukyu Shimpo

The Himeyuri Peace Museum in Itoman marked its 25th anniversary on June 23rd this year. In March 2014, the total number of visitors over the last 25 years was 19,801,496 people. Many students on school trips and tourists from outside Okinawa visited...

Over 500,000 tourists visit Okinawa in June

July 20, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 18, the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced the number of tourists who came to Okinawa in June 2014. A total of 557, 300 visitors represents a 13.9 percent increase over the same month last year, setting a new monthly record. This is the first time the...

Fujian and Okinawan calligraphers have friendship and exchange

Fujian and Okinawan calligraphers have friendship and exchange

July 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Three calligraphers, including Houn Toyohira from Okinawa, have deepened regional ties through a cultural exchange with five artists representing Fujian, China at the Fujian and Okinawa Friendship Hall in Fujian Province, China. The program was held on July 11.

The...

US Marines to expand special-use airspace over Central Training Area in Okinawa

US Marines to expand special-use airspace over Central Training Area in Okinawa

July 17, 2014 Ryota Shimabukuro of Ryukyu Shimpo reports from Washington D.C.

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to raise the vertical limit of the restricted airspace for aircraft training over the Central Training Area in Okinawa. This training area is near Camp Hansen in Kin and Ginoza, and Camp...

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional Uji-dyeing

Designer Ishibashi working to promote Okinawan traditional <em>Uji</em>-dyeing

July 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In an effort to promote the fascinating art of Uji (sugarcane)-dyeing nationwide, Yumiko Ishibashi, a designer and tailor living in Kyoto, has been creating a line of products. At-tracted to Uji-dyeing, which is a signature fabric-dying style of...

Transfer of Aerial refuelling aircraft from Futenma to Iwakuni starts

Transfer of Aerial refuelling aircraft from Futenma to Iwakuni starts

July 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 15, the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa started moving 15 KC-130 aerial refuelling tankers to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture from Futenma Air Station.

The first batch of the two aircraft left for Iwakuni on the...