Okinawa organizations to tackle child poverty

June 17,2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the aim of tackling child poverty in Okinawa, 105 organizations in the prefecture have launched a new organization called “Future of Children in Okinawa”, kicking it off with a conference at Okinawa Prefectural Office in Naha on June 17. The organization announced that their long term purpose is to lower the child poverty rate from the current number of 29.9 percent to 10 percent. This is the first time a target value for the poverty rate has been set up.

For its immediate goals to be accomplished by 2022, the organization suggested (1) boost Okinawan people’s earnings per person to 2710,000 yen, (2)providing job counseling to 800 single-parent families, and (3)increasing the number of children who go to colleges they want to enroll in.

(English translation by T&CT)

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