Mongolian ambassador visits; future flights on agenda

Mongolian Ambassador to Japan Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar visited Okinawa last week, and also paid a visit to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Friday.

During the meeting Khurelbaatar expressed his interest to begin direct flights between Mongolia and Okinawa when the new airport at Mongolia’s capital Ulan Bator opens in 2016. Ambassador Khurelbaatar said, “I hope to develop many types of exchanges, both economical or regional, with Okinawa.”

The new Ulan Bator International Airport in Mongolia is scheduled to be complete in 2016 when direct flights between Okinawa and Mongolia could be possible.

In an interview after the meeting, chairman of the Okinawa-Mongolia Friendship Association Isamu Kouei announced a plan to construct a Mongolia Village in Nakijin, where people can experience Mongolian lifestyles and learn about the traditional tent-like dwellings of Mongolian nomadic tribes called yurt. The facility is scheduled to open within this year.