The 29th ICRI General Meeting, and the first under the 2014-2015 Japan-Thailand Secretariat, was held from 20 to 23 October 2014 in Okinawa, Japan. Through the support from Japan and UNEP, delegates from several countries and organisations were able to attend and participate in the meeting. In total, over 40 delegates from 20 ICRI member countries and organisations attended the meeting. Minutes of the 29th ICRI General Meeting.
The following documents were adopted at the meeting:
The entry airport for the meeting is Naha Airport (OKA).
Please note that there is no currency exchange counter at the "domestic" terminal of Naha Airport. For participants who will be taking connecting flights to Naha, it is advisable to exchange money upon arrival in Japan (e.g., at Narita) or before leaving your country.
The Airport Limousine Bus is the best way to go to the hotels. The hotels we recommend below are approximately 70 minutes away from the airport, and the ticket price for the bus should be around 1,600 Japanese Yen (taking a taxi may cost anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 Japanese Yen). Seating on the bus is available on a first-come first-serve basis and cannot be booked in advance. Please check the time schedule (PDF File), and make sure the bus you get on goes to your hotel (the bus route to the hotels is “C Area,” going towards OIST).
The following hotels are located near the meeting venue (OIST Graduate University, Seaside House). Shuttle bus service from the hotels to the venue will be provided.
Weather: late October in Okinawa is expected to be around the end of the typhoon season. As long as we are not hit by a typhoon, we should be able to enjoy Okinawa’s warm weather with daily highs around 28 degrees Celsius/83 degrees Fahrenheit and daily lows around 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Airport code: OKA
Official language: Japanese
Currency: Japanese YEN (currency convertor - www.xe.com)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +9
Country Dialing Code: +81
Electricity: AC outlet: 100V / Plugs: Type A
The first General Meeting under the Japan-Thailand Secretariat will be held from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2014 at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (http://www.oist.jp) in Okinawa, Japan.
Okinawa Prefecture is a chain of islands located at the southwestern-most point of the Japanese archipelago. The prefecture consists of 160 islands, both large and small, which are dispersed in a vast marine area of approximately 1,000 kilometers from east to west and 400 kilometers from north to south.