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City mergers lead to new common name

Date Posted: 2005-07-29

Ishikawa City has a new name. So does Gushikawa, Yonashiro, Katsuren and Union City.

It’s now Uruma City, an event spurred by tight economic times and subsidies reductions from the central government in Tokyo as a part of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Trinity Reform Plan. There are a number of city mergers taking place across Okinawa because of the belt tightening. Already Miyako Island communities have realigned themselves.

Ishikawa residents are lamenting the loss of their city name, even though it has only been around 60 years. It was Misato Village until World War II, with a population of only 5,000. It was transformed into a refugee camp after the war, run by the military. People flocked to the village, swelling the numbers to 30,000.

Residents selected the name based on buuten-man, a famous character image. It’s been the hallmark of Ishikawa since, and now residents are sad. They look back on the six decades, recalling how they lived together and supported each other, with buuten man watching to make sure they had relaxation and happiness.

Buuten man came to life in the form of a local dentist, who wanted to make people laugh and sing and dance. Locals called him the “Chaplin of Okinawa”, referring to the internationally renowned slapstick comedian Charlie Chaplin. “Let’s make music…let’s have fun” was his motto.

Now Ishikawa City folks have decided “Let’s protect his spirit, and let’s tell our children the features of buuten man, because he is our hero.” Pictures of buuten man are being splashed on windows, doors and walls everywhere now, including at factories, restaurants, electronics and shopping.

Still, the name is now a part of history, replaced by a Uruma City, a collective administrative community. But Ishikawa residents promise the island the name will never be forgotten.

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