Japan Update (9)

Prefectural library to close temporarily in April

The Okinawa Prefectural Library in Naha will be closed in April while it moves into a new facility in the new Naha Bus Terminal in Asahibashi. The library stays partially closed through December 2018 when the new building will officially open. According to Okinawa Prefecture Education Bureau, It ...

Display at AEON Mall shows 20 bus routes real time

The Okinawa General Bureau has started a demonstration and experiment of real-time display of 20 bus route services at five places in the premises of AEON Rycom in Kitanakagusuku. The displays will be in place through the end of February. Officials at the General Bureau say, We would like to expand ...

Flu season begins

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Dec. 1st that the seasonal flu epidemic has started, a little earlier than average. According to the ministry, the number of people with influenza reported by 5,000 medical institutions throughout Japan between Nov. 20th and 26th stood at 1.47 per ...

New website Live Nuchigusui' introduces hands-on Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture has opened a new campaign website Live Nuchigusui'. The website features the rich culture of Okinawa, and distributes information on available hands-on experience tourist spots. The website includes an original content Nuchigusui Walk' that presents the landscape of Okinawa in ...

Civil servant arrested for sex with minor

Ginowan Police arrested 64-year-old Toru Akachi, the chief engineer at the Prefectural Agriculture Research Center, Monday, on suspicion of indecent act' with a 16-year-old female high school student on Sep. 24 in a hotel in Naha, while knowing that she was under age. According to Police, Akachi ...

Okinawa City revokes Kurashiki Kankyo waste disposal license

Okinawa City revoked Tuesday the business license of Kurashiki Kankyo, a waste service and industrial waste collection and transportation company. The company license had already been revoked by Okinawa Prefecture for illegal dumping practices at its Trash Mountain' in Chibana, Okinawa Cty site. ...

Table Tennis League championship tournament this weekend

JTTL Final 4', the Prime Minister's Cup of the Japan Table Tennis League, takes place at Naha Civil Gymnasium Saturday and Sunday. In this tournament, held in Okinawa for the first time ever, four men's and four women's teams vie for the 2017 championship of the league. Each team is sponsored by a ...

Princess Sarali Kitiyakara of Thailand tours Okinawa

Princess Sarali Kitiyakara, a member of the Thai royal family and a TV personality, arrived at Okinawa Monday to make a TV program of overseas travel for the Thai national TV. She is staying on Okinawa through the 13th of the month traveling to various parts of Okinawa's main island to visit famous ...

Okinawa's Yusaku Miyazato No.1 on JPGA 2017 money list

Yusaku Miyazato, an Okinawan pro-gofer and brother of A Miyazato who has announced fininshi9ng her career, took the first prize at the JT Championship, the last Japanese Men's Pro Golf Tournament this year. Miyazato finished the tournament with a total of 275 strokes, 15 under par and won the ...