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S. Korean consul general requests Okinawa’s cooperation for a consulate general in Okinawa

  • October 24, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Lee Hee-Sup, consul general of South Korea’s Consulate-General in Fukuoka, visited the Okinawa prefectural office on Oct. 22 and met with Vice Governor Teruya Yoshimi. Lee noted that the “resumption of direct flights [between South Korea and Okinawa] is the most pressing issue.” Direct flights have been suspended due to the effects of COVID-19. Lee requested Okinawa’s cooperation in re-establishing a consulate general in Okinawa, and proposed that Okinawa join the “Association of North East Asia Regional Governments (NEAR),” whose office is in South Korea.

 

Teruya commented that the prefecture has “no objection” to re-establishing a consulate general, and instructed administrative officials to consider Okinawa’s joining NEAR.

 

In 2018, a record 550,000 people from South Korea visited Okinawa, which is a reason why Lee discussed the necessity of re-establishing a consulate general. Eleven prefectures in Japan as well as regional governments of South Korea, China, North Korea, Mongolia, and Russia are members of NEAR. Lee said that it would be possible to hold a NEAR general conference in Okinawa.

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