Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Thursday, July 28, 2005

City mergers lead to new common name

City mergers lead to new common name -

Ishikawa City has a new name. So does Gushikawa, Yonashiro, Katsuren and Union City.

It’s now Uruma City, an event spurred by tight economic times and subsidies reductions from the central government in Tokyo as a part of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Trinity Reform Plan. There are a number of city mergers taking place across Okinawa because of the belt tightening. Already Miyako Island communities have realigned themselves.

Ishikawa residents are lamenting the loss of their city name, even though it has only been around 60 years. It was Misato Village until World War II, with a population of only 5,000. It was transformed into a refugee camp after the war, run by the military. People flocked to the village, swelling the numbers to 30,000."


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