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Okinawa: Japan’s Front-Runner in the Asia-Pacific, Thriving Locally in a Globalized World

Hiroshi Kakazu, Ph.D.

Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-145755-075-1
List Price: 10.00
Category: Prof. Reference & Textbooks
Available: February 2017
Edition: Perfectbound

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This book focuses on the islands of Okinawa or Ryukyus, Japan’s westernmost prefecture. The book was originally written as a reading material for the participants of the G-8 World Leaders’ Summit held in Okinawa in 2000. The manuscript was revised and updated several times for the participants of the Pacific Leaders Meetings (PALM) held in Okinawa with heads of fourteen independent and self-governing Pacific Island countries in 2003, 2006 and 2012. This manuscript is the latest and expanded version of the 2012 version. PALM adopted “the Okinawa Initiative on Regional Development Strategies for a More Prosperous and Safer Pacific.” This initiative emphasized the important role of Okinawa in spearheading and coordinating sustainable development relationships among the Pacific islands because Okinawa shares many common development issues with small Pacific island economies, including their small size, isolation, fragmentation, resource limitation and fragility, and vulnerability to natural disasters and outside economic and political impacts beyond their control. The book examines Okinawa’s sustainable development through a holistic approach, namely achieving the combination of economic prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The book covers Okinawa’s legacy of history and culture, geography, U.S. bases, agriculture, trade, tourism, island technology, networking, globalization and politico-economic strategies that argue for Okinawa as Japan’s front-runner in the coming age of the Asia Pacific. Although the focus is on Okinawa, analytical methods and visions presented in the book will provide food for thought for many small island societies which have been struggling to achieve toward sustainable development. The book is targeted for students and policy makers as well as interested citizens.

Hiroshi KAKAZU obtained his PhD from the University of Nebraska. Since then, Kakazu has served as Visiting Research Fellow and Professor to the London School of Economics, the East-West Center (Fulbrighter), the University of Hawaii, the University of the Philippines (Japan Foundation). He has also worked in positions as Economist of the Asian Development Bank, Professor and Dean of the International University of Japan, Professor of Nagoya University, Vice Governor of the Okinawa Development Finance Corporation, Vice President of the University of the Ryukyus and Vice President of the Temple University of Japan Campus. He is the co-founder of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), Vice President of the International Scientific Council for Island Development (UNESCO-INSULA), Emeritus President of the Japan Society of Island Studies, and a member of the UNESCO panel of Experts on Culture and Tourism. He has authored six single-authored books in English and more than 100 articles on the Asia-Pacific economies for various academic journals. He received the 10th Asia-Pacific Book Award in 1998. Kakazu served as Vice Chairman of the Okinawa Development and Promotion Council of the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government during 2000-2011.

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