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Business &
Life in Okinawa

With its many attractive features,Okinawa is agreeable
as a place to live and to do business

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Okinawa's Main and Remote Islands
Okinawa Comprises a Variety of Islands, Each with Features that Make it Unique

Okinawa Prefecture comprises 160 islands of various sizes spread out across a region measuring 1,000 kilometers from east to west and 400 from north to south, with 49 of those islands being actually inhabited. Each area within the chain has features that make it unique: the north with its abundant natural surroundings, the south with Naha City as the prefecture's political and economic center, and the Kerama Islands that are so popular as a place to go diving.

Okinawa's Attractions
The Varied Attractions of Okinawa Nurtured by a Unique History and Traditions

Okinawa is a place where ancient traditions still make their presence strongly felt on day-to-day life. The fascinations of this land are many and varied, including luxuriant subtropical surroundings, craftwork imbued with wisdom and ingenuity, rituals rooted in daily life, and a richly varied cuisine.

Event Calendar

Okinawa's Economy

Targeting Further Development as an Air and Maritime Hub Connecting Japan with Asia

Gross Production Composition
Ratio for Okinawa Prefecture

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Thanks to an increase in the number of tourists and an expansion in personal spending, Okinawa's economy is continuing to grow. In addition to its expectations that the already excellent performance of the tourism industry will improve further and that its information technology industry will continue to grow, Okinawa is also working on infrastructure improvements aimed to turn it into a distribution hub as it seeks to leap ever farther ahead.

Medical Care in Okinawa

Bringing Security to Life with Advanced Medical Facilities

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The prefecture operates five hospitals covering the northern, central, and southern (including Naha) parts of the main island as well as the Miyako and Yaeyama islands, respectively, as well as another 16 clinics associated with those hospitals.
There are emergency hospitals in every part of the prefecture with staff who can handle foreign languages as well, so the non-Japanese speaker need not be concerned if worst comes to worst.

Emergency Hospitals with Foreign Language-Speaking Staff (as of March 2017)

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Northern Okinawa Medical Center

    EN

    1712-3 Umusa, Nago City

    TEL: +81-980-54-1111

  • Okinawa Kyodo Hospital

    EN

    4-10-55 Kohagura, Naha City

    TEL: +81-98-853-1200

  • Urasoe General Hospital

    ENCNKR

    4-16-1 Isa, Urasoe City

    TEL: +81-98-878-0231

  • Tomishiro Central Hospital

    ENCNKR

    25 Ueda, Tomigusuku City

    TEL: +81-98-850-3811

  • Makiminato Central Hospital

    EN

    1199 Makiminato, Urasoe City

    TEL: +81-98-877-0575

  • Nanbu Tokushukai Hospital

    ENCNKR

    171-1 Hokama, Yaese Town

    TEL: +81-98-998-3221

  • University of the Ryukyus Hospital

    EN

    207 Uehara, Nishihara Town

    TEL: +81-98-895-3331

  • Nanbu Medical Center & Nanbu Child Medical Center

    ENCNKR

    118-1 Arakawa, Haebaru Town

    TEL: +81-98-888-0123

  • Chubu Tokushukai Hospital

    ENCNKR

    2 Gaiku 1, Inside Awase Land Readjustment Zone,
    Kitanakagusuku Village

    TEL: +81-98-932-1110

  • Okinawa Miyako Hospital

    ENCNKR

    427-1 Hirara Shimozato, Miyakojima City

    TEL: +81-980-72-3151

Source: Japan Tourism Agency, "Guide to Medical Institutions"

A Useful Website Should You Fall Sick

Should it become necessary to get medical treatment in Japan, this website should be useful. It provides easy-to-understand information in English, Chinese, and Korean about where you should go if you have various symptoms.

http://www.jnto.go.jp/emergency/eng/mi_guide.html

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Education in Okinawa

Providing Information About Education that Takes the Needs of Non-Japanese in Mind

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Okinawa Prefecture provides an educational system and guidance on how to enroll in it in multiple languages with the goal of becoming a place where foreign residents can also feel easy when it comes to living here. The local government conducts information sessions about student life and holds orientation sessions on its systems for helping students to enroll. Thanks to its efforts to promote supplying information about the educational system with non-Japanese in mind, anyone relocating here with school-age children should have no concerns on this front.

International Schools in the Prefecture

  • Okinawa Amicus International
    (Kindergarten, Elementary and Junior High School)

    1212-1 Enobi, Uruma City

    TEL: +81-98-979-4711

    http://www.amicus.ed.jp/en/

  • Okinawa Christian School International

    1835 Zakimi, Yomitan Village

    TEL: +81-98-958-3000

    http://ocsi.org

  • New Life Academy

    134-1 Noborimata, Nakagusuku Village

    TEL: +81-98-870-3893

    http://www.newlifeacademy.com

Japanese Classes +
Japanese Language Vocational School

  • Okinawa International Exchange &
    Human Resources Development Foundation

    4-2-16 Isa, Ginowan City

    TEL: +81-98-942-9215

    http://www.oihf.or.jp

  • Japanese Language Institute,
    International Center of Language & Culture

    Sun Hills Tabaru 2F, 1-4-1 Tabaru, Naha City

    TEL: +81-98-859-3881

    https://iclcjapan.com/course/english/

  • Japanese Language School SAELU

    2-4-4 Tomari, Naha City

    TEL: +81-98-943-3297

    http://www.saelu.net/

Transportation in Okinawa

Expectations for Growth and Increased Convenience with Infrastructure Development Underway;
Easy to Get Here and Around for Locals and Non-Locals Alike

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Relieving Congestion with Bus-Only Lanes

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Okinawa is crisscrossed by bus routes. The Busnavi-Okinawa website provides all the information necessary for riding buses in Okinawa. With information available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean, visitors can easily find what they need to get around. Furthermore, the main traffic arteries in Okinawa have bus-only lanes, meaning riders can get to where they are going without having to worry too much about the effects of traffic jams. Travelers can also use the "Okica" IC smart card to board regular-route buses and the Yui Rail with just a swipe of the fare box.

http://routefinder-okinawa.com/route_search?Lang=en

Yui Rail Route Map

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交通機関イメージ

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Initial fare of ¥230. Charge of ¥330 from Naha Airport Station to Shuri Station. One-day passes are also available.
Okinawa Urban Monorail, Inc.

http://www.yui-rail.co.jp/en/

Safety and Disaster Prevention in Okinawa

Making All-Out Efforts to Prepare for Disasters and Create a Safe and Secure Community

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Wanting Everyone Who Lives in Okinawa to Be Safe and Secure

Japan is known as a country that is peaceful and orderly. According to the 2015 Global Peace Index (produced by the Economist magazine from the U.K.), Japan is the 8th most peaceful country in the world and also the only Asian entry in the top 10.

Useful Websites in the Event of Disaster

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Most local governments in Okinawa have prepared local community disaster prevention guide maps and evacuation center maps in multiple languages for foreign residents in the event that a typhoon, earthquake, or some other disaster occurs. The Okinawa Disaster Prevention Information Portal also provides information about typhoons, earthquakes, tsunami, advisories, and warnings in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean.

In the Event of Emergency

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