: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

New study says Okinawa cares little for foreigners

Date Posted: 2007-02-19

A wide ranging research study by a Japanese NPO Foundation shows Okinawa is among the worst places in the country for taking care of foreigners’ needs.

The Multicultural Symbiosis Center, a part of the NPO Foundation Organization Center, studied attitudes among citizens toward foreigners, and services being offered to make their lives in Japan easier. The comprehensive report shows Okinawa ranks near the bottom of all prefectures in making foreigners welcome, and in taking care of their needs.

The study analyzed 16 points, including cultural exchange opportunities, banking, foreigner benefits, availability of international foods, friendship, housing, the ability of government offices and workers to speak English and to provide information and services in English, and English language materials in restaurant menus and other public places. While researchers found few places in Japan that strongly supported foreigner necessities, Okinawa was ranked at the bottom of the 47 prefectures.

On the 100-point scale, Okinawa scored only 19 points, while Tokyo, Kanagawa and Hyogo registered 60 points. It was disappointing, the researchers noted, because of the large American and international population on Okinawa, which is home to the largest continent of U.S. military personnel, civilians and family members in Japan.

The scathing assessment of Okinawa said Okinawans do not appear to care about foreigners, and said “That’s a shame on Okinawa.” No prefecture has enough facilities or services, but it is particularly bad here in Okinawa, where there are no community halls or civil halls for foreigners.

There are few English speaking hospitals in Okinawa, and virtually no city or village offices who take care of foreigners. The report recommended more facilities for foreigners on Okinawa, suggesting the focus should be on improving relationships instead of simply arguing about military bases. It calls on the Prefecture leadership to take steps to increase English and other languages skills among the population, particularly in government settings and public places such as stores, restaurants and tourism facilities.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleJU FacebookOkistyle

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker