Wordwide Uchinanchu Business Network (WUB)
Okinawan Chamber of Commerce
The Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Network (fka Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association) is an international, non-profit organization of business professionals and represents all sizes and types of business reflecting the diversity of our state global Okinawan community. We share a common vision to continue to find ways to help the Okinawan business community sustain, grow and expand on a global basis. We represent a global business community which gives WUB excellent credibility and broad opportunities on a worldwide stage.
In support of our mutual heritage and cultural legacy…Muru Uchinanchu! (Everyone is Uchinanchu!)
Established in 1997, Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB Hawaii) is a non-profit organization of business professionals and individuals and is the chartered Okinawan Chamber of Commerce. Today, the WUB Network has more than 20 chapters throughout the world.
- to represent our members and promote business opportunities on a global scale;
- to inform and promote business opportunities and developments;
- to enable our members to succeed on the stage of international business;
- to help our children and grand children become better international citizens.
WUB History Timeline
Hawai’i Uchinanchu Business Group (HUB) estabilished;
1st HUB President and Founder: BOB Nakasone.
HUB volunteers for HUOA Okinawan Festival clean-up Gomi Gumi and countinues to present.
2nd Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Taikai), Okinawa.
HUB suggests forming a Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Network at Taikai Economic Forum.
Visit Peru’a 90-year Uchinanchu immigration anniversary to learn about Uchinanchu Worldwide.
East-West Center supports HUB networking project
HUB becomes Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association (WUB)
1st WUB International Conference sponsored by EWC, about 80 foreign participants attend
New chapters established: Hawai’i, Okinawa, Brazil, Argentina
1st WUB Hawai’i President: Roy Irei
2nd WUB International Conference, São Paulo, Brazil: 90-year anniversary for Brazil and Argentina immigration
New chapters established: Peru, North America
3rd WUB International Conference, Los Angeles/ Las Vegas
New chapters established: Tokyo, Guarm
4th WUB International Conference in Okinawa, prior to G-8 Summit in Okinawa
WUB to promote business networking in Okinawa with 10-year business plan.
New chapters established: Kansai, Europe, Bolivia
2nd WUB Hawai’i President: Steve Sombrero
3rd Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Taikai), Okinawa
WUB Hawai’i registers as Okinawan Chamber of Commerce
New chapters established: Canada, China, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia
6th WUB International Conference, Bolivia
New chapters established: Mexico, Maui, Taiwan
7h WUB International Conference, Hawai’i
1th Worldwide Uchinanchu Conference (WUC) co-sponsored by HUOA and WUB Hawai’i.
WUB Hawai’i Travel Grant established for young Uchinanchu to attend 2008 WUC in Brazil
New chapter established: Philippines
WUB Hawai’i President: Wes Sakamoto
8h WUB International Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina
9th WUB International Conference, Kansai
WUB International participates in International Development Bank in Okinawa and signs agreement with International Chamber of Commerce
WUB East-West Center Scholarship established
4th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Taikai), Okinawa
10th WUB International Conference, Peru and 100-year Peru immigration celebration.
10th WUB Anniversary
11th WUB International Conference, Shanghai, China
WUB Hawai’i President: Hiromichi Nago
12th WUB International Conference & 2nd Worldwide Uchinanchu Conference (WUC), São Paulo, Brazil and 100-year Brazil and Argentina immigration celebration
WUB International changes name to WUB Network
13th WUB Network Conference, Los Angeles
14th WUB Network Conference, East-West Center, Honolulu
5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Taikai), Okinawa
15th WUB Network Conference, Okinawa
16th WUB Network Conference, Hong Kong
Bob Nakasone receives Japanese Imperial Decoration: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays International Youth Conference in Brazil
17th WUB Network Meeting, Tokyo, Japan
18th WUB Network Conference, Bolivia
WUB Network issues Okinawa “Peace Economy” Statement
19th WUB Network Conference, Atlanta
6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Taikai), Okinawa
20th WUB Network Conference, Okinawa
New chapter established Atlanta
20th WUB Anniversary
21st WUB Network Conference-Hukilau “Work the Net Together” at EWC, Honolulu