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Island Market moves with changing world

By: Kari Valtaoja

Date Posted: 2006-04-01

The dynamics of Okinawa’s role in the Asia-Pacific Region are causing this island prefecture to achieve a significantly higher profile in Japan.

The days of Okinawa being a quiet vacation destination for countless thousands of Japanese and a smattering of foreigners, complimented by the faces of American military personnel and their family stationed here, are rapidly changing. Okinawa stature is more mature, and its wants and needs are more outspoken.

Okinawa is changing to meet the 21st century.

So too, ‘Island Market’ is remodeling itself to better meet the needs of its Okinawa clientele. Long a powerful print voice for foreigners and Okinawans alike, this newspaper is making transformations of its own, in both substance and style.

‘Japan Update’ will adorn the newspaper flag, or nameplate, to more effectively communicate the expanded coverage of news from across this island nation as it impacts upon Okinawa. In actuality, it is a return to the early days of the decade, when ‘Japan Update’ was our name. The change to ‘Island Market’ brought home the local nature of our news reports, features and advertising.

The world doesn’t stay the same, and we won’t either.

‘Japan Update’ is your window to the world, with our reporters, editors and agencies reaching out to bring the news that influences Okinawa’s future. From Japan’s fluid economic state and budget reforms to the shifting sands of America’s military presence on Okinawa, you’ll get the very best information available, presented in both in print and through our internet publications and website.

Everything you’ve come to enjoy will remain; restaurant reviews, club and live show information, the offbeat news stories and a strong classified advertising section will adorn each and every issue.

Increased coverage of Japan and Asia-Pacific news items will continue to grow, together with global tidbits with a local twist.

‘Japan Update’ is excited to be your local source for rounded community and military news coverage.

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