The Okinawa Prefectural Planning and Coordination Division announced the release of a new promotion plan (outline plan) on January 29th. Karate is also included.

 Click here for the PDF version of the outline plan (in Japanese).

 From January 29th to February 28th, the Okinawa Prefecture is welcoming public comments regarding the outline plan. Please check this page for details (in Japanese).

 In the future, and based on this outline plan, the Okinawa Prefecture government plans on compiling a “new promotion plan (draft)” while listening to a wide range of opinions from the citizens of the prefecture, municipalities, related organizations, etc. 

 In the Outline plan, karate appears mainly as follows. (The following is a free translation from our center as there is no official translation available at the moment)


Chapter 4 Basic Measures

1 Aiming for an island that values nature, history, tradition, and culture that are typical of Okinawa

Succession and creation and further development of Okinawan culture

  1. Preservation, succession and development of Okinawa karate

  ① Raising of Okinawa karate leaders and successors.

  ② Powerful promotion of “Okinawa, the birthplace of karate” with the Okinawa Karate Kaikan as a base.

  ③ International exchange through the regular holding of the Okinawa Karate World Tournaments

  ④ Promotion of initiatives toward the registration as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage


3 Aiming for a rich island full of hope and vitality

Creation of new industries that utilize Okinawa’s superiority and potential

  1. Creation of new businesses and industries that utilize the soft power of Okinawa

  ② Creation and promotion of industry utilizing karate