(Ryukyu Shimpo: July 15, 2015 – p. 29)
Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga returned home on the evening of July 14 from Hawaii where he went to participate in a series of events celebrating the 30th anniversary of concluding a sister-state partnership between Okinawa and Hawaii. Before leaving Hawaii, Onaga told reporters at Honolulu Airport: “I have produced more results than I thought,” stressing the significance of such results as the renewal of a memorandum on cooperation on clean energy between Okinawa and Hawaii, as well as academic exchanges between the University of Hawaii, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, and Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
With regard to the tourism area, Onaga expressed his determination to make an effort to cooperate with Hawaii in increasing the number of tourists to Okinawa and Hawaii, saying, “It would be great if we could become like bridges in boosting the number of tourists from Asia to Hawaii and from the U.S. mainland to Japan.”
With the restoration of the Hawaiian language in mind, Onaga pointed out, “It is possible for us to make efforts to revive of Okinawan language. I hope there will be significant results in five to ten years.” He then expressed his eagerness by saying, “We will work swiftly on devising a system of Okinawan languages. Like the ‘haisai, haitai’ movements in Naha City, the prefectural government and the 41 municipalities should focus our efforts on this.”