December 2014 Psychological Investigation of Migration Motivation and Adjustment: A Case Study of Domestic Emigrants to Okinawa

Speaker:        Naoka Maemura, Ph.D.

Date:             December 6, 2014 (Saturday)  

Time:            14:00-16:00

Venue:         Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 1)

2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station, Tel: (0798) 69-3155

Fee:            Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members.

Language:   Japanese


Social event: We will have  an year-end-party after the session. Please email to by November 27 to make a reservation.


Description of presentation:

Okinawa (Ryukyus), the southernmost prefecture, is one of the most popular tourist sites in Japan. It is surrounded by scenic tropical oceans, and has a warm climate, and unique culture and history, which includes difficult war memories. Since the 1990s, mostly young people from the Japanese mainland have driven an emigration boom to Okinawa. More people from the Japanese mainland were thus convinced to spend time on the southern tropical island, sometimes not just as tourists but also as residents. However, several emigrants experience social and economic difficulties after their move, and some have ended up returning to the mainland. This study qualitatively investigated Japanese emigrants to Okinawa’s motivations for moving, and the relationship between their motivations, and adjustment to Okinawa. She will introduce brief summary of the survey and discuss the participants’ emotional curves while staying in Okinawa.

Profile of Presenter:

Ms. Naoka Maemura is currently a lecturer at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University in 2010. She worked at University of the Ryukyus (located in Okinawa prefecture) as a post-doctoral researcher  and engaged in a research project ‘Human Migration and the 21st Century Global Society’ in 2011. From 2012 to 2013, she taught at the School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University.

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