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A city located in the Okinawa Prefecture of Japan, Ginowan was badly damaged during World War II.  Postwar saw the city allocated for use by the United States Military and a refugee camp was built in the Nodake area.  It eventually became a military base town and about 33% of it has been leased to the Japanese Ministry of Defense for use as a U.S. military base under the Japanese and American mutual defense agreement, hosting part of the Marine Corps' "Camp Foster".  Ginowan was given city status in 1962 and it has a population of about 88,000. Sitting on the west coast of the island on the East China Sea, the town's economy is heavily dependent on the United States Military. Today the city is focusing its' profile on being a resort and convention destination with a huge convention center to lure the tourist trade.  As a result coworking venues have sprung up to cater to not just its creative locals, but also to support both domestic and international IT souls.

Japanese startups tend to focus on the domestic market due to the language barrier, which is actually the world's 3rd biggest market.  Foreign competitors have trouble attempting to infiltrate this market, as it is relatively closed off to outsiders. This gives the locals an advantage and the impetus to stay on their own home-turf.  The fear of failure is no longer of prime importance to its youth with many chasing the government's offer of funding if they manage to come up with a way to achieve commercial development on the moon.  Not all are chasing lunar dreams, as many startups are getting into health care, agritech Internet of Things, enterprise software and artificial intelligence.

From dreaming of space unicorns to maybe just getting a bit of work done, coworking venues are the place where the locals are hanging out, sharing ideas and getting their dreams into the space of reality or indulging in the odd drop of sake when the brain waves need a jolt.

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