Number of active users of Facebook in Okinawa ranks second in Japan

Number of active users of Facebook in Okinawa ranks second in Japan

Okinawa Internet White Paper 2012-2013


December 7 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to the Okinawa Internet White Paper 2012-2013 published by web-design company Lideli Co., Ltd., at the end of October 2012 the number of people using Facebook in Okinawa accounted for 10.3 percent of its online population.
This is second in Japan following Tokyo. It appears that the number increased around the period when the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival was held last October. The paper suggests that more people started using the Internet in order to communicate with relatives who returned to countries all around the world after the festival.

According to the paper, the online population accounts for 76.8% of Okinawa’s population. This ratio ranks 17th in Japan. The number of active users of Facebook in Okinawa in proportion to its online population is second behind Tokyo, where the ratio is 92.9%.

According to an investigative report that acquired 700 responses from Naha and Chatan, number of people using smartphones in 2012 increased about four times over the previous year. The report suggests that this contributed to the increase in number of people using Facebook and Twitter. Lideli conducted the research by interviewing respondents for about a month from June 2.

The paper reported on Internet use by students from elementary school to high school in Okinawa, and surveyed about 200 Okinawan companies about how they utilize the Internet.

On December 6, at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Shinya Fukui, the managing director of the company held a press conference regarding the release of the paper. He said, “We definitely want people outside the information technology industry to read the paper.” Lideli will sell the paper at bookstores and convenience stores in Okinawa for 735 yen including tax.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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