Okinawa Prefectural Government to form new division to promote karate
February 12, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Okinawa Prefectural Government is setting up a new division within the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports in order to promote karate and kobudo. It is due to start in April.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga clearly stated on February 12 that he would set up the new division, responding to a request from the holders of the Intangible Cultural Property of Okinawan Karate and Kobujutsu as designated by the prefectural government.
According to the prefectural officials, the new division, named Karate Promote Division, will start with five staff members, including the head of the division.
The new division will promote Okinawa karate and provide information on it. It will also take over the work of the Cultural Promotion Division in promoting Okinawa karate to be listed with UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
(English translation by T&CT)
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