Thanks Paul for making this a semi-useful page. I am asking some friends to help out filling this thing out more. Many of of them are in the Tourist industry here on Okinawa, but most only speak Japanese. Some are also involved in the external link provided on the main Okinawa page.
Help! How to divide Miyako??
As you may or may not know, it is a common misconception that there's only one island in Miyako, due to the fact that the main island shares its name with the group.
I'm not sure how I should group them though, in preparing to make pages for them.
As you can tell from this map, there are "8 islands". That's if you count the Yabiji and Fudi islands as single islands, which they aren't, but given that their populations are very low and the individual islands are tiny, they're usually not counted by individual islands.
What I'm wondering is, since writings on Iriomote and Ishigaki as individual islands often include stuff about the surrounding islands (not Taketomi or Hatoma, rather those which are close enough to have a bridge), should I lump Ikema, Kurima, Oogami, Fudi, and Yabiji in with Miyako and Shimoji in with Irabu, or should I give each separate consideration? For now, I've linked separately to each. --Node ue 20:35, 12 Jun 2005 (EDT)
Changed the bit about habu to be less stupid — the snake can kill in a single bite, so it should not be taken lightly.
Somebody keeps deleting the price info for diving. If the prices are incorrect, then correct them, but do not just delete the whole section -- the fact remains that diving in Japan is way more expensive than doing so in SE Asia. Jpatokal 19:14, 2 August 2010 (EDT)
Mentioning negative feelings about the U.S. military seems reasonable, but one should strive for accuracy. For example, while there is the perception that soldiers are a significant source of crime, statistically this is not true, so it shouldn't be stated as such. Orcrist 07:58, 12 October 2010 (EDT)
Military resentment addendum: I can attest to this as fact. When I was stationed there for three years, every new edition of the island's Japan Update showed multiple examples of Jappanese/Okinawan-on-Japanese/Okinawan crime; including frequent sexual assault. Military incolvement in this is a vast MINORITY as is the so-called 'resentment'. More practically, it's just aresentment over competition for space on the island more than anything else. Space for business, houseing, recreation, etc. There were protests while I was there, but this represents a minority (Likely fueled by business interests competing for real estate). In fact, the military helps fuel the economy. If there is any blame to be placed, it's the systematic dillution of Okinawan culture by the JAPANESE government. Unfortunately, the younger generations have already been snowed and don't even realize this.
According to the research conducted by Aichi University and Hosei University, less and less economic dependency on US bases is one of the reasons for the growing number of protests against US bases in the recent years. Throughout 1970's and 1980's, over 15% of the Gross Prefectural Profit of Okinawa was generated by the businesses associated with US bases/US servicemen, however, throughout the 1990's and 2000's, the economic dependency on US bases went down and the figure was 5.3% in 2008. Recent figures released by the Okinawa government: http://www.pref.okinawa.jp/site/chijiko/kichitai/documents/kadai_1.pdf