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Schools, Okinawa City join hands to block game centers at Music Town

Date Posted: 2008-12-18

Koza Music Town, faced with mounting losses caused by unrented storefronts, has run into a hornet’s nest of opposition to its plan to bring game centers into the music-oriented complex.

Okinawa City groups—from the Parent Teacher Association Union to school principals—have made their opposition known to the local Assembly, which has now put the issue on its meeting agenda. Elementary and junior high school principals, PTA unions and other education-related organizations charge “we can’t approve of a game center coming. It is no good for young people, who we’re trying to encourage to have happy lives.”

Music Town, located at Goya Intersection in Okinawa City, last week made a rental agreement with Geo Frontier, a company offering game rooms. Land owners and the management company say the deal is necessary because they’re losing money because nobody’s been renting space in the complex, and “we’ve no income at all right now.”

More than 250 opponents rallied this week in front of Koza Music Town, demanding the plan be stopped. “We understand about the land owners problem,” says PTA Union Chairman Choshun Nakada, “but why bring game centers? They should think about young peoples’ lives.” Nakada says “a game center will prevent healthy lives, and stop encouraging local talent.”

A school principal charges “the children’s environment will be so bad that we can’t manage it. We can’t approve of a game center in Koza Music Town.” Okinawa City’s Assembly members say they’ll take up the issue soon.

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