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Miyako City Okinawa name irritates mainland prefecture

Date Posted: 2004-12-24

Miyako island’s consolidation of five villages and towns into a single city is upsetting officials in Iwate Prefecture.

The new city has decided to call itself Miyako City, a decision made collectively by the unions and groups from the five individual municipalities.

Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture isn’t at all happy about the name selected, and is demanding Okinawa’s people change it. Miyako City is located in northern Japan. That Miyako City’s mayor, Yoshihiro Kumasaka, is answering his assembly members that he’s heard the news, but doesn’t think it’s official.

Okinawa’s Miyako City, headed by chairman Akira Ishimine, says “we did send the paperwork to Iwate Prefecture and explained to them how the Miyako City name came aboutn. They should know already, but I’ll go to Iwate Prefecture and Miyako City and discuss what the best way is to call.”

Ishimine doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. “There is no problem having two cities in Japan having the same name.” Iwate Prefecture’s Miyako City mayor Kumasaka doesn’t agree. “Please think of another name, otherwise everyone will be confused.”

The Okinawa delegation knows the changes must be in effect by next year, so they’re not really interested in going back to the name board.

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