Project to get panda to Okinawa starting

The Okinawa Association of Travel Agents and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) are starting a project to get a panda to Okinawa.

Organizers of the project say that the aim is to attract more tourists and promote and enhance interaction with China. They propose to acquire the panda from China by the end of the year.

They have now organized a planning committee for the project, held symposium and are inviting businesses and advocates to participate. Okinawa folksong singer Sadao China, Okinawa Ham Sougou Shokuhin Co. Chairman Tokumatsu Nagahama and Movie Director Takako Miyahira are spearheading the project.