OUR BENEFICIARY: THE MISATO CHILDREN’S HOME OF OKINAWA
The Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation’s sole beneficiary is the Misato Children’s Home of Okinawa. The reason that the Misato Children’s Home is the Corporation’s beneficiary is because of a particular problem unique to Okinawa, the “Okinawa struggle,” a thorny problem that most affects unwanted children in Okinawa, and because this is a somewhat local population that we are able to benefit directly.
The “Okinawa struggle” exists for many reasons, the chief historical reason being international war, but, presently because of militarism and tourism. Nation-states value their island fortresses, whether they be on Guam, Malta, or Oahu, and Okinawa is no different. The tourism industry capitalizes on islands, too, including the same islands mentioned. But Okinawa is unique in that it has the military bases of one nation-state, and the tourism industry of another. Because militarism and tourism tend to be sexist and ageist, with one industry largely recruiting young males to travel, and the other largely recruiting young females to travel, the result sometimes is the biological offspring of the two. Females, in particular, face an extra level of sexism from the tourism industry when they are “encouraged” to remain outside workplaces during pregnancy, because resort hotels often do not want pregnant employees to be seen by customers pushing cleaning carts down hotel hallways. In such cases, young females working at resort hotels in Okinawa often do not have origins there, or plans to remain there indefinitely.
Sometimes, the offspring between these two categories of Okinawa visitor is unwanted. Perhaps not incipiently. Sometimes, it begins with the military member permanently leaving Okinawa, but, for various reasons, not being accompanied by the pregnant mother. And, sometimes, the pregnant mother, being alone and, for cultural reasons, regarding that solitude as a cause for shame, keeps the pregnancy secret from family members in mainland Japan. Sometimes, those pregnant mothers tell their family members outside Okinawa that Okinawa was not the good source of financial income as predicted, and that a return to mainland Japan has become necessary.
And, sometimes, those precious, young souls are abandoned.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Globally, racism is a big problem, and Okinawa is no different. There are many pejorative terms used to describe the offspring of the parents described above. One effect of this is involuntary and voluntary segregation. For example, there are “biracial” school curricula offered in Okinawa. While this may physically protect some from bullying that might otherwise occur in schools that do not offer such curricula, this may not be the best bandage forthis problem.
The problem becomes the worst when such precious souls reach “legal” age and are no longer eligible to remain in schools or orphanages. They are then expected to gain employment and fend for themselves, whereupon they meet racism, head on, as underemployment or unemployment, or worse.
Among nation-states, Japan leads them all in suicide rate. Among subsets of populations, generally, orphans significantly outpace other subsets, such as persons with mental disabilities or the elderly.
Although there are no research data from which one can infer that the orphans of Okinawa have the world’s highest suicide rate, this corporation, nonetheless, sets aside all of its profit to the one charity it believes can best make use of such profit, the one charity located on the outskirts of the largest military base in Okinawa.
Fig. 1. Brigadier General Matthew H. Molloy addresses more than fifty
Okinawan “welfare students” at Kadena Air Base, Japan, March 29, 2013.
Here, students from local orphanages were given an opportunity to tour the base
and exchange cultural experiences with base personnel. (Photograph courtesy
U.S. Air Force/A1C Justin Veazie.)
But even if you have not benefited in some way from the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation, please give whatever you can, as often as you can, to the Misato Children’s Home.
Payment information for the children’s home follows:
- The Bank of Okinawa, Ltd.
- Bank code: 0188
- Bank SWIFT code: BOKIJPJZ
- Bank branch name: Akamichi Branch
- Bank branch code: 313
- Bank branch address: Akamichi 18-10, Uruma City, Okinawa, Japan 904-2245
- Bank branch telephone: +81-98-973-3447
- Bank account type: ordinary
- Bank account number: 1103007
- Name on bank account: ShakaiFukushiHoujin Kokusai FukushikaiRijichou Miyagi Youichi
Donors not preferring to remain anonymous, or preferring to receive letters for tax purposes, should include personal contact information in the notes section of any bank wire. Please note that the orphanage staff has no English proficiencybut may be able to ask community members to assist in translation.
A political endnote:
Quite possibly, the largest source of prospective income for the children’s home is the military base beside it. Indeed, every year, those military members are solicited, under law, by their national government, to donate to their national charity funding system, the “Combined Federal Campaign.” One charity on Okinawa benefits from this greatly, the “Okinawa Christian School International,” (“OCSI”). OCSI has managed to gain listing with the Combined Federal Campaignvia a legitimate front business in Los Angeles, despite its local notoriety as a school of last resort for those expelled from other schools due to bullying. The Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation has lobbied the United States of America’s Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities bureau to certify the Misato Children’s Home for eligibility in the Combined Federal Campaign; however, that office has refused to do so on the basis that although the children’s home is a charity, it is not a United States of America charity, even though some of the children’s home’s residents may be eligible for U.S.A. citizenship. Accordingly, the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation apologizes tocall on any U.S.A. tax-exempt organization that would allow the children’s home to piggyback U.S.A. tax status, please, to contact the Corporation.