OKINAWA

Okinawa (沖縄) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, an island chain to the south of mainland. The name Okinawa means “rope in the open sea”, a fairly apt description of this long stretch of islands between mainland Japan and Taiwan. Consisting of 49 inhabited islands and 111 uninhabited islands, Okinawa has a subtropical/tropical climate. Unlike the other Japanese subtropical/tropical islands such as Ogasawara Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands, there are frequent flights from all the major cities of Japan, which helps Okinawa being one of the major tourist destinations for the Japanese. Every year there are more and more foreign visitors going to Okinawa but the number still remains low compared to the tourist destinations on mainland Japan.
…WikiTravel



Diving. The Okinawa archipelago is known as one of the world’s best diving destinations, having a number of coral species and marine lives as large as those in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. You can find over 400 types of corals, 5 types of sea turtles, manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and many kinds of tropical fish.


Beach. Most people come to Okinawa for the sun and beaches. Even in midwinter, when many areas of the mainland Japan teeter around the freezing point, temperatures rarely dip below 15°C in Okinawa. For more adventurous types, the vast yet almost uninhabited island of Iriomote is covered in dense jungle.


Historical sites related to World War II can be found throughout the islands, especially the main island of Okinawa, including the Peace Memorial Park in Naha, the navy’s former underground headquarters and the Himeyuri Monument. …WikiTravel

OKINAWA NEWS

25 Oct

Ten Japanese traditional rituals featuring people in costumes will be put on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
(NHK)

1 Oct

Voters in Okinawa have chosen Denny Tamaki as their next governor. The former Lower House lawmaker has won Sunday’s election.
(NHK)

5 Sep

There is something very romantic about the Far East, especially Japan. (newsonjapan.com)

18 Aug

The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden system to improve its financial base. (Japan Times)

9 Aug

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has died. He was 67.
(NHK)

26 Jul

Okinawa Prefectural Police have arrested a male employee at a hotel over the alleged theft of women’s underwear from a laundromat in Uruma City earlier this year, reports the Okinawa Times (tokyoreporter.comt)

21 Jul

Severe tropical storm Ampil is moving toward Japan’s southwestern island of Okinawa, bringing strong winds and high waves.
(NHK)

18 Jul

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force aircraft blocked a runway at Naha Airport in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa on Tuesday, causing it to be closed temporarily.
(NHK)

12 Jul

Japan’s population has fallen for 9 years in a row, while the capital, Tokyo, keeps growing.
(NHK)

11 Jul

Typhoon Maria is bringing strong winds and rough seas to a remote island chain in Japan’s southern prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)

6 Jul

Officials in Japan have issued warnings for floods and mudslides. They’re due to torrential downpours brought by a seasonal rain front over much of the country. (NHK)

2 Jun

A new survey shows that Japan’s population decline is picking up pace.
(NHK)

2 Jun

Japan’s government is to withdraw a recommendation to list nature-rich islands in the southwest of the country as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
(NHK)

29 May

The rainy season appears to have begun in northern Kyushu and Shikoku, the Meteorological Agency announced Monday. (Japan Times)

23 May

Health officials in Japan say as of Monday more than 170 people across the country have been infected with measles. The outbreak began in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in March. (NHK)

16 May

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga said Tuesday that he underwent surgery in April to have a cancerous pancreatic tumor removed. (Japan Times)

14 May

A 6-year-old girl was fatally stabbed with a knife Sunday when a relative attacked her family at a pub near Inage Station in the city of Chiba. (Japan Times)

10 May

Okinawa Prefectural Police are searching for a man who slashed an American woman at her residence in the town of Chatan on Sunday, reports the Okinawa Times (tokyoreporter.com)

21 Apr

An outbreak of measles in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa is affecting local tourism ahead of the spring holiday season. (NHK)

14 Apr

A Japanese government survey shows the country’s population continues to shrink and age. (NHK)

29 Mar

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Yonaguni Island on Wednesday.
(NHK)

28 Mar

Residents of Okinawa Prefecture in southern Japan have brought lanterns to a nighttime gathering to welcome Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. (NHK)

24 Mar

The US military has shown to the media for the first time F-35B fighter jets deployed in Japan. (NHK)

20 Mar

The world’s largest Muji store, slated to open in Osaka on Tuesday, will prominently feature pricey seafood, such as freshly caught sea bream and Japanese spiny lobster, part of a strategy aimed at promoting a high-quality image. (Nikkei)

2 Mar

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 has occurred off an island in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (NHK)