International Okinawan studies agreement signed

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in International Relations, News, Sister States

Okinawan StudiesCourtesy of University of Hawaii News

The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) congratulates the University of Hawaiʻi, the University of the Ryukyus and Meio University on the signing of a memorandum of a understanding that proposes to  form an international network—the International Consortium for Okinawan Studies—for studying and teaching about Ryukyu and Okinawa.  The signing of the agreement, which took place in the Governor’s Office, is timely as the State of Hawaii and the Prefecture of Okinawa celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its Sister-State relationship in 2015.

The Hawaii-Okinawa relationship, through academic programs such as this, have experienced mutually rewarding successes that continue to contribute to economic development in both regions.

Present at the signing were state and university officials including Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige, University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner, University of the Ryukyus President Hajime Oshiro and Meio University President Katsunori Yamazato.