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 Sep

Japan’s Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs to strengthen the defense of remote islands, including the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (Jiji)

17 Sep

“Really, really thank you,” iconic Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro told thousands of fans at the end of her final live stage performance, held in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday, the day before her retirement from the show business. (Jiji)

17 Sep

Despite a much-heralded debut 18 years ago, 2,000-yen bills failed to find wide appeal, leaving them seldom sighted recently. (Jiji)

5 Sep

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

1 Sep

The Okinawa prefectural government on Friday canceled its permission for landfill work for the construction of a U.S. military facility in the Henoko coastal area in Nago in the southernmost Japan prefecture. (Jiji)

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)

3 Aug

The Japanese government is considering granting pardons to coincide with the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito next year, government sources said on Thursday. (Jiji)

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)

13 Jul

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 26 of that year, the organizing committee of the games announced on Thursday. (Jiji)

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)

3 Jul

Areas popular with foreign tourists in Japan, such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa Prefecture, have enjoyed strong growth in land prices year on year, a government report showed Monday. (Jiji)

12 Jun

A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed off the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa Monday morning. (Jiji)

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)

25 May

The Japanese government plans to withdraw its proposal for the addition of Amami-Okinawa islands to the UNESCO World Heritage List for now, with a view to resubmitting the application to the international cultural body next year after revamping it, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji)

24 May

The Okinawa prefectural government on Wednesday granted an honor award to Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro, 40, a native of the southernmost prefecture. (Jiji)

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)