Okinawa (city)

Coordinates: 26°20′3″N 127°48′20″E / 26.33417°N 127.80556°E / 26.33417; 127.80556
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Map of Okinawa Prefecture showing city of Okinawa

Okinawa (沖縄市, Okinawa-shi, Okinawan: Uchinaa) is a Japanese city in Okinawa Prefecture on the island of Okinawa.[1]

History[change | change source]

In 1908, Okinawa Prefecture established the villages of Goeku and Misato. During the occupation of Japan, the U.S. military government established the city of Koza (コザ市, Koza-shi) in Goeku.

In 1974, the city of Okinawa was created by the merger of Misato and Koza.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

the city of Okinawa is located in the central part of the island of Okinawa. It is about 20 km north of Naha.

In the prefecture, it is the second-largest city after Naha.[1]

Military[change | change source]

There is a United States military base which is partly in the city. It is Kadena Air Base.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Okinawa" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 746.
  2. "Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan" at; retreived 2013-2-26.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Okinawa, Okinawa at Wikimedia Commons

26°20′3″N 127°48′20″E / 26.33417°N 127.80556°E / 26.33417; 127.80556