Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Resigns Over Failed Campaign Promises

Wow, After failing to keep his campaign pledge to the Okinawan people the Japanese prime minister resigns. Here is a 24 minute video on this disappointment discussing the events leading to the resignation.

Interesting thing about this resignation is that the new Prime Minister former Finance Minister Naoto Kan made a rare visit to Remember America’s war dead (an event that largely passed under the radar of most news watchers). Kan visited Arlington cemetery outside Washington in April and offered flowers at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Normally Japanese prime ministers or defense ministers are the ones to offer flowers at Arlington when they visit the United States. It is rare for someone in Kan’s position to do so. It kind of makes you wonder about the Alliance between the United States and Japan and how much influence the United States actually excercizes over the Japanese Government. Maybe those who support the Americans will remain in power and those who do not will be replaced by those who do. I wonder if Kan knew this during his visit. Here are his comments from the visit:

Kan said people who created and protected the United States are buried at the cemetery, and that he came to pay his respects to the deceased. He described the visit as a memorable one. In recent years, Prime Ministers Abe and Aso made similar visits to Arlington. Hmmmmmm?

1 comment:

  1. It's no secret that the Japanese look up to Americans. Ever since the end of WWII Japan has been the bestest of buds with America and this trend will continue no matter what party is in power. That's just the way it is!