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Okinawa woos Singapore and Asia, aiming to become global logistics hub

Official says goal is for "people to come here to get everything they want from Japan"

Published Fri, Dec 12, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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OKINAWA, Japan's southernmost island prefecture known for its white beaches and warm temperatures even in winter, has set its sights on another sunny island: Singapore.

Since 2009, it has invested over 650 million yen (S$7.2 million) to boost trade, business and tourism opportunities with the Republic - as well as the rest of Asia - in its bid to become a global flight logistics hub, The Business Times has learnt.

A regional financial hub itself, Singapore makes a valuable market for Okinawa in terms of tourism and the sale of Japanese products, said Keida Kimio, director of the International Logistics and Commerce Division at Okinawa's Commerce, Industry and Labour Department.

"In April 2015, Okinawa will open its first South-east Asian (prefecture government) office in Singapore," he told BT. It now has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and H…

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