October 4, 2018

Okinawa Essay Contest

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The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection are sponsoring an essay contest to foster the study of U.S. military base issues in Okinawa and research on Okinawan culture, economics, history, politics, and society.
•The Okinawa Prefectural Government hopes that this contest will facilitate further discussions on Okinawa’s future and support new efforts to address different challenges.
•This contest is also supported by the Okinawa Collection and the Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Okinawa Essay Contest


The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates (graduated no earlier than May 2017) attending universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or Hawaii.

Essay Topic

The applicant must write an essay that focuses on Okinawa in some manner. Possible examples of topic areas might include:

•Military bases in Okinawa and the Japan-U.S. alliance
•Okinawa’s politics and role in international relations
•Political economy of Okinawa’s development
•Legacy of history and culture in Okinawan society


1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $300

The deadline for submissions will be noon (EST) on February 1, 2019 (Friday).

•Two winners at the 1st and 2nd places will have the opportunity to visit Okinawa to deepen their understanding about Okinawa and gain some inspiration for further research.
•Awardees will receive travel funding for the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
•Winning essays will be published on the official website of the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Copies of the essays may be shared with libraries in Okinawa and the U.S.

Please visit www.okinawa-conference.com for submission guidelines and to submit your entry. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@okinawa-conference.com.