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The Greening of Kokusai Street

Date Posted: 2000-04-21

The Young Staffers’ Group at Okinawa Prefecture Hall presented a plan yesterday to reform Naha’s Kokusai Street. According to the plan, the street would be turned into a one-way street with half its width turned over to pedestrians. Plenty of trees would be planted on both sides of the street creating a “green tunnel.” Work to move utility lines under the street is already scheduled to begin soon. Kokusai Street, once called “Miracle Mile,” still remains a very popular destination for tourists, but local residents are increasingly abandoning shopping in the area in favor of new giant shopping malls outside the center of the city that offer more convenient access and plenty of parking space. The group members say the advantage of their plan is that it wouldn’t cost much and could be implemented very quickly. “The greatest cost is relocating the utility lines underground, and for that we already have the budget from the central government,” Seijun Wagukawa of Okinawa Prefecture Planning and Development Section said.

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