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Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

Chinese cruise ship docks at Nakagusuku; tourism dollars expected

April 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

A cruise ship named “Superstar Libra” from Hong Kong cruise company, Star Cruises, docked at the Nakagusuku Port for the first time on April 13. The ship weighs 42,285 ton. This is the first cruise ship to stop there for five years. About 1,000 passengers and crew staff from China visited Churaumi Aquarium and Shurijo Castle, travelling on tour buses.

Nakagusuku Port Cruise Promotion Liaison Council, consisting of Okinawa City, Uruma City, Kitanakagusuku...

 

University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

April 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, the University Consortium Okinawa, which consists of eleven higher education institutions including public and private colleges and universities, held a press conference at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Onna Village. They...

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

Residents wish for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing at Sanguwacha in Uruma

April 11, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

For three days from April 9, which is March 3 on the Chinese calendar, Sanguwacha was held on Henza Island in Uruma City. Residents prayed for safe navigation and a good season’s fishing. On April 10, Todaiyu and Nanzamooi were held to kick off the season with...

Onaga eyes ‘dynamism’ in Asia, expecting economic exchange

Onaga eyes ‘dynamism’ in Asia, expecting economic exchange

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

As a member of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade, Japan, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga stayed in Beijing from April 10 to 13. On his return to Okinawa, Onaga said, “I feel there is dynamism in Asia. I expect an increase in exports of Okinawan...

“Why do we need to get permission from U.S. marines to visit our ancestors’ graves?”

“Why do we need to get permission from U.S. marines to visit our ancestors' graves?”

April 18, Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 17, at graves within U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, Ginowan, residents held the Shimi Festival to celebrate their ancestral spirits.

After getting permission from the authorities, about 490 people visited their ancestors’ graves.

The...

Japan-China joint project in Okinawa aims at advancing caregiving for elderly in China

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Takumi Takimoto

The China Aging Development Foundation (CADF), which supports care for the elderly in China, and the Japanese Association for the Promotion of International Trade (JAPIT) are collaborating to hasten establishment of an Okinawa International...

At working meeting, Okinawa and Japanese governments agree to remove Henoko floats

At working meeting, Okinawa and Japanese governments agree to remove Henoko floats

April 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, the representatives from the Okinawan prefectural government and the Japanese government met at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo. Their meeting marked the first of a series of working-level talks agreed upon as part of the court settlement over...

Trip Advisor ranks sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and foreign tourists for 2015

April 9, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The largest travel website in the world, Trip Advisor, released 2015 data on Japan’s most popular sightseeing destinations among Japanese people and visitors from abroad, based on user reviews of any language on the site.

The highest-ranking sightseeing...

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

1,500 people stage protest rally 20 years after agreement to close Futenma base

April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

April 12 marked 20 years since Tokyo and Washington agreed to close the U.S. Futenma base. On the afternoon of April 12 at Kenmin Hiroba in Naha, a citizens organization, “All Okinawa Kaigi”, aimed at preventing the construction of a new base in Henoko, held...

University of the Ryukyus contributes 69.4 billion yen to economy

University of the Ryukyus contributes 69.4 billion yen to economy

April 8, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The University of the Ryukyus recently researched the economic impact the university has on the local economy. On March 30, they presented their calculation that the economic ripple effect was 69.4 billion yen, with an economic impact ratio of 1.68 times. The economic...

Editorial: Twenty years wasted since Futenma closure agreement

April 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

In twenty years, a newborn infant grows into a full-fledged adult. If a policy cannot be implemented over the course of two decades, there is something fundamentally wrong with that policy.

Today marks twenty years since the day that representatives of the...