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Okinawa regains top spot in ‘best place to live’ survey

Date Posted: 2005-09-29

The most fantastic place to live in Japan is Okinawa.

A just-completed survey by Jiji Telecommunications Office shows Japan’s southernmost prefecture is once more rated the most lovely and gorgeous place to live. More than 700 doctors, politicians, education professionals, scientists and business leaders polled across the country cited Okinawa’s weather and cultural climate as reasons it’s the best place to be.

Okinawa moved into the survey’s Top 10 in 2000, jumping to number two in 2003. Now, there’s no question. Apart from the weather and climate, Okinawa Prefecture’s planning section director says “a big promotion on NHK television’s nationwide morning television drama series had a big impact.” He noted the show attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers, mostly in the educated and higher income brackets. Polls, the director says, show “optimistic bright characters of Okinawa attracted attention from almost everyone to make our islands boom upward.”

Shizuoka Prefecture ranks second in the survey, with its Mount Fuji, lakes and hot springs, mountains and skiing being an attraction. Kyoto, with its beautiful gardens and flowers, foods, temples and centuries of history made it number three.

Until less than a decade ago, Okinawa was considered “an uncivilized, poor place,” one official said. Even Okinawans kept to themselves when on the mainland, not telling anyone where they were from. Now, he says, “every Okinawan is proud to be an Okinawan.”

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