Chofu, Ota

Ota Chofu was a distinguished journalist known for his involvement in the Kodo-kai Movement. Active between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ota was actually one of the first Okinawan students to obtain a scholarship to study in Tokyo. After his education, he helped found the first newspaper in Okinawa, the Ryukyu Shimpo, and in 1930, he became the president of the company. He later served as the mayor of Shuri in the beginning of 1931 and as Okinawan representative in the prefectural assembly. Over his lifetime, he also wrote three books.

Ota focused his journalism mostly on the social issues taking place around Okinawa, as well as the Sino-Japanese war from 1894 to 1895. During this time, he served as a member of the pro-Japanese "Enlightenment Party" and he led Ryukyu Shimpo in opposing the Freedom and People's Rights Movement, which was a movement for democracy. He also reported on education and economic issues.

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