Japan Update (14)

NS Ryukyu Ballet to perform at Smithsonian and Disney World

NS Ryukyu Ballet Company is scheduled to perform in concerts at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. on Mar. 24, and Disney World in Florida on Mar. 28, next year. Ballet company officials say, This will be the first performance in a foreign country for the NS Ryukyu Ballet, and a good ...

Baby habu snake found on Aguni Island

A baby habu snake was found in the office of a salt factory in Higashi, Aguni Village, on Oct. 13th. No habus are believed to live on Aguni, but a habu was found and caught last month, this being the second case. Officials at Okinawa Prefecture Health Pharmaceutical Division say, We can't confirm ...

Construction at Miyako's Shimoji Airport starts

Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd held a ceremony Wednesday to pray for the safety of the construction of the Shimoji Airport Terminal scheduled to open March 2019. Junichi Tanizawa, a Mitsubishi Estate senior executive officer and representatives of Nikkei Sekkei and Kokubagumi Construction Co. attended ...

Kings crushes Shiga Lakestars in Saturday game

The match between the Ryukyu Golden Kings and Shiga Lakestars started with a slam-dunk by Ira Brown. Ryuichi Kishimoto became a playmaker in the game with 3 assists in the first quarter. 5 minutes after the game started, the Kings increased their defense, and kept the Lake Stars scoreless for the ...

Okinawa weddings popular among couples from HK and Taiwan

At an Okinawa Resort Wedding Fair in Taiwan, sponsored by the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau. attracted 1,400 participants in two days and 61 couples signed an agreement to tie the knot on Okinawa. That is 22% more than the organizers' target. According to OCVB, 15,399 couples had their ...

Okinawa aims to attract skilled foreign workers

Okinawa Prefecture is supporting local companies looking to use global resources to hire people with ability to communicate in several languages. The aim is to strengthen inbound tourism and business expansion abroad. The prefecture is planning to hold employment fairs in and outside of the ...

New portal website helps people move to Ishigaki Island

Ishigaki City launched Oct. 2 a new portal website with information on real estate in Ishigaki for people who consider moving to the island. The aim is to make it more convenient for people to move and settle to Ishigaki. The City concluded on Sep. 28 an agreement with a vacant house bank Yaeyama ...

Ishigaki – Hateruma route gets new large high-speed boat

Anei Kanko, a company operating shuttle boats and sightseeing trips in Yaeyama area, launched Sunday a service of a large high-speed boat Paijima 2' between Ishigaki and Hateruma Islands. The boat is the largest in Okinawa, and the company expects its in-service rate to rise to 80%. The vessel is 40 ...

U.S. helicopter crash-lands, burns down on field in Takae

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53R helicopter caught fire and crash-landed on a private field and burned in a community of Takae, Higashi Village, Wednesday. According to U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Office, a fire broke out inside of the large transport helicopter assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft ...

Soccer stadium for 20,000 audience mulled for near Naha Airport

Okinawa Prefecture officials have come up with a basic plan to build a soccer stadium that meets the requirements for playing J-League soccer games. The prefecture envisions the new stadium to open in fiscal 2023, if the land that currently is used for the Naha Military Port becomes available. ...

FamilyMart stores put university student created products on sale

Okinawa FamilyMart started selling seven new products developed by a hands-on internship program employing students from seven universities in Okinawa. The items went on sale at all 320 branches in Okinawa on Tuesday. The products will be on sale through the 23rd of this month. With a theme of ...

Old Naha Nouren Plaza to close this month

Naha Nouren Plaza, a farmers' market that has served Naha customers since 1953 will close at the end of this month, as a new facility to replace the aging structure is opening nearby. The new Nouren Plaza' in Higawa, Naha City, where member farmers of the Agricultural Center Market Business ...

Okinawa Soba celebrated at Motobu Kariyushi Market Saturday

17 October is the Day of Okinawa Soba, and the 7th Okinawa Soba Fair' is scheduled for Motobu Kariyushi Market parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 14, where 1,000 bowls of original Okinawa Soba made with local Motobu ingredients will be on sale. Motobu Town Camber of Commerce declared the town the Town of ...

Higashihama is winningest pitcher in Pacific League

Nao Higashihama, a pitcher with the SoftBank Fukuoka Hawks, and pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of Seibu Lions are the winningest pitchers in the Pacific League this season. Both have 16 wins topping the league, and on their way to win the title for the first time. Higashihama, who is playing his 5th year as ...