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Title: The influence of cultural perception on political awareness: A case study in Okinawa, Japan
Keywords: cultural perception, political awareness, images/discourse of Okinawa, G8 Okinawa Summit
Issue Date: 11-Aug-2004
Citation: NAKACHI AYAKO (2004-08-11). The influence of cultural perception on political awareness: A case study in Okinawa, Japan. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, has had many political problems. In particular, the U.S. military bases concentrated on the island have caused much friction among the Okinawans, the U.S. military and Japana??s central government. Recently, however, mainlanders highlighted Okinawaa??s cultural uniqueness through the a??Okinawa Booma??E and they created its images as an exotic paradise. This thesis intends to argue that the image of Okinawa as an exotic paradise causes the Okinawansa??Einsensitivity on its own political problems. To support this argument, first the a??sendera??Eof such images is focused on. I refer to the existing studies that suggest the central governmenta??s involvement in creating the images, and conduct a case study on G8 Okinawa Summit 2000 to show empirical evidence. Second, the a??receivera??Eof the images is focused on. I employ quantitative analysis based on my survey in Okinawa to show the link between cultural perception and political awareness.
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