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Tokyo losing its luster for Okinawan residents

Date Posted: 2005-04-07

Okinawans appear to be rejecting Tokyo as a place to live and work.

A new study shows a significant decline in the number of Okinawans choosing to work in the Japanese capitol, well down from 20~30 years ago. One victim of the decline is the Okinawan Youth Club in Tokyo.

The club, set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, found itself losing members at a rapid pace. April 3rd it began the process of disbanding. The group still had 100 members, but 80 were not Okinawans. More disheartening, said one official, is that no Okinawans have been joining.

A May meeting will determine the official steps to dissolving the club, since the organizationís rules mandate that Okinawans should be the predominant membership. The non-Okinawans join to learn about local culture, including Eisa.

Okinawa Prefecture officials say young people are returning home to the island, instead of living and working elsewhere.

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