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

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)

4 May

An outbreak of measles in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa in March has spilled over to the central prefecture of Aichi, with the accumulated total of patients surpassing 100 in the two prefectures. (Jiji)

2 May

This year’s Cool Biz campaign, designed to encourage office workers to dress lightly to reduce air conditioner use in summer, started at central government offices in the Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Tuesday. (Jiji)

21 Apr

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

18 Apr

The average life expectancy in 2015 for women was highest in Kitanakagusuku, a village in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa, at 89.0 years, a health ministry survey showed Tuesday. (Jiji)

14 Apr

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

31 Mar

All of Japan’s 47 prefectures are predicted to face declining populations after 2030, a welfare ministry think tank said Friday. (Jiji)

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)

8 Mar

The Japanese government presented Wednesday an action plan to promote “awamori” distilled spirits, aiming to double exports of the specialty of the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa in three years and triple them in five years. (Jiji)

2 Mar

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

23 Feb

The Nippon Professional Baseball Organization will start full discussions on a proposed professional baseball lottery, informed sources said Thursday.
(Jiji)

20 Feb

It was in December 2016 that casino gambling was first legalised throughout Japan, finally putting an end to a 15-year hiatus during which politicians basically argued with each other. (newsonjapan.com)

5 Feb

Ruling camp-backed rookie Taketoyo Toguchi defeated incumbent Susumu Inamine in a mayoral election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Sunday. (Jiji)

29 Jan

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, agreed Sunday that the two countries should steadily promote reciprocal visits by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to improve bilateral relations. (the-japan-news.com)

26 Jan

The Japanese and Chinese governments are in the final stage of discussions on a social security agreement aimed at resolving the issue of double payments of pension premiums by Japanese and Chinese employees dispatched to each other’s countries, it has been learned.
(the-japan-news.com)

24 Jan

A US military helicopter made an emergency landing on Tuesday on a small island in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. (NHK)

21 Jan

Work to dispose of a World War II bomb that did not explode was carried out on Kokusai-dori, a major street in the city center of Naha, the capital of Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, on Saturday. (Jiji)

15 Jan

Sumo’s top-ranked referee will resign over a sexual harassment scandal, the sport’s governing body said Saturday following an extraordinary meeting of its board of directors. (Kyodo)

13 Jan

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Okinawa Prefecture in late March, it was learned Friday. (Jiji)

12 Jan

A submarine and a Chinese Navy warship have entered the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday. (Jiji)