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Okinawa’s population slightly up from year ago

Date Posted: 2002-07-04

According to figures published by Okinawa Prefecture Statistics Section, Okinawa’s population is 1,333,976, one tenth of a percent up from one year ago. Relatively, Tonaki Village saw the largest boost to its population with a rise of 4.9 percent. In Kita-Daito Village the number of citizens rose 3.6 percent. The population decreased in Kunigami Village by 0.8 percent and Gusukube Town on Miyako Island by 0.7 percent.

Naha is still the largest city with 304,397 residents. The northern part of the island has a population of 125,092, middle parts of the island 565,681 and southern areas 234,286. Of the outer islands in the prefecture, Miyako has a population of 55,598 and Yaeyama 48,922.

At the same time, the Statistics Section published figures of people’s income. According to those figures, an average Okinawan worker earns ¥271,799 per month and works 165 hours. The survey covered companies with 30 or more workers.

People working for public utilities in Okianwa are the best paid making ¥473,927 per month on average. The lowest wages are paid to those working in retail or restaurant businesses. They average ¥184,737 per month. In general, wages and salaries are about one third lower than in other parts of Japan.

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