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The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific...and the world.

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Arakawa Akira

Arakawa Akira. Born in Okinawa in 1931. Dropped out of the Japanese National Literature Department of the School of Literature and Science at the University of the Ryūkyūs in 1955, and took up a position with the Okinawa Times newspaper. After serving as chief of the publication’s Yaeyama branch, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Shin Okinawa Bungaku, and Executive Director for Publication for the Okinawa Daihyakka Jiten (Okinawa Encyclopedia), Arakawa would go on to serve as the paper’s Director and Editor in Chief, President, and Chairman (retiring in 1999). His publications include Hankokka no Kyōku (Okinawa: Antithesis to the Evil Japanese Nation State2), Ryūkyū Shobun Ikō (After the Disposition of the Ryūkyūs), Shin Nantō Fūdo-ki (A New Record of the Culture of the Southern Islands), as well as a co-authored collection of poems and artwork titled Nihon ga Mieru (I Can See Japan).