: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Merged Kume communities in tiff over fluoridation

Date Posted: 2002-05-17

The two largest communities on Kume Island, Gushikawa and Nakazato Villages were merged into Kume Town April 1. The new town held its first mayoral election with mayors of both villages as candidates. In the election was won by Kyuzo Takazato, 65, the former mayor of Nakazato Village won the election by a margin of mere 13 votes over former Gushikawa Village Mayor Seiroku Uchima, 61.

The Gushikawa Village assembly with the support of Uchima had made a decision earlier to start fluoridating the communal water supply in order to improve the dental health of its residents. The project was to be funded by a grant from Okinawa Prefecture.

However, the new mayor of the new town had his doubts and he decided to pull the plug on the project. ?Fluoridating the water scares people. Many people have expressed their concern that this might pose a health hazard. Also, many food processing enterprises in our town that rely on clean water supply have concerns that fluoridating the water would adversely affect their business,? Takazato says.

Proponents of the fluoridation plan argue that the process has been proven all over the world to have clear benefits for people?s dental health. Besides, they say that when the fluoridation was first proposed in Gushikawa Village, a clear majority of the residents supported it. ?We even had assurances that whatever happens in the mayoral election, the Gushikawa part of the new town would go ahead with the plan,? one health care worker lamented. However, the new mayor stands firm in his opposition to the project and has put on hold all contract pertaining to the fluoridation plan.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleJU FacebookOkistyle

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker