Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Six towns become two in a New Year’s merger

A half-dozen southern Okinawa towns and villages argued and fought over the idea of merging into a single community, even knowing their financial survival depended on it.

As the clock ticked down on 2005, the six—Sashiki Town, Chinen Village, Tamagusuku Village, Osato Village, Gushikami Village and Kochinda Town—realized they had to make some compromises. They agreed to disagree, saying they could not form a new city because of philosophic differences.

They chose instead to realign themselves into a new city and a new town.

Nanjou City is the new creation merging Sashiki Town, Chinen Village, Tamagusuku Village and Osato Village. Nanjou City now has a population of 41,000. Kochinda Town decided it could link forces with Gushikami Village; it’s new name is Yaese Town."


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