Local dialect showing signs of comeback in Okinawa

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) — At the Naha city office, officials have taken up a new mission since April. In place of the standard Japanese greeting of “konnichiwa” for “good day,” the Okinawan language equivalent of “haisai” reverberates through the halls. “Arigato” for “thank you” has also been replaced by “nihedebiru” in exchanges, for instance, between […]