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The Okinawan Diaspora in JapanCrossing the Borders Within$
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Steve Rabson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835347

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835347.001.0001

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High Hopes and Broken Promises (1900–1921)

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The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan

Steve Rabson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the patterns of trade and migration between Okinawa and mainland Japan, particularly from the Okinawan side. Despite the strict prohibitions on immigration and travel during the Tokugawa shogunate, evidence strongly suggests that people from Ryukyu went for gainful employment to Japan. Moreover, in 1879, the year the Japanese government abolished Ryukyu and renamed it Okinawa Prefecture, a growing commerce emerged between the prefecture and the mainland—particularly Osaka—thus encouraging more Okinawans to settle on mainland soil. Yet despite the business opportunities these developments had provided, Okinawa's business community found themselves increasingly being put at a disadvantage. Thus, this chapter reveals an asymmetrical economic paradigm persists to this day in business relations between Okinawa and the mainland.

Keywords:   business relations, Okinawa, Osaka, mainland Japan, business community, trade, migration, immigration, Ryukyu Kingdom

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