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or 'o·ki·na  (ō-kē′nə)
1. The glottal stop used in the Hawaiian language.
2. The symbol (') used in writing to represent this glottal stop.

[Hawaiian 'okina, separator : 'oki, to cut off (from Proto-Polynesian koti) + -na, noun suff.]
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Okina, Shirakawa, Shiratsuka (2001), The asset price bubble and monetary policy: Japan's experience in the late 1980s and the lesson, http://wwwquartetfest.ca/documents/4743/jap_bubble.pdf
This biography relates the life of Japanese immigrant, editor, and writer Okina Kyuin (1888-1973) in the US in the context of US-Japanese relations, as well as to illustrate Asian immigration to the region during the period.
Often possessing the face of an old man, Ugajin is also related to the figure of the okina in Japan.
The elderly bamboo-cutter Okina lives with his wife in the outskirts of the forest.
RK "newcomers" Yusuke Iseya (Aoshi) and Min Tanaka (Okina) made quite the first impression with their formidable fighting skills as the Oniwabanshuu group's head honchos, whereas Tao Tsuchiya's Misao Makimachi made up for her stubborn brattiness with her kickass ninja moves.
Okina, Shirakawa, and Shiratsuka (2001, 422) indicated that the Bank of Japan "had already voiced concern over the massive increase in money supply and the rapid rise in asset prices in the summer of 1986." In fact, Yasushi Mieno, the then Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan, described the situation as "dry wood" (referring to something that can easily catch fire, implying the risk of high inflation).
* The Ministry of Finance and the BOJ have the institutional and legal framework to collaborate to ensure the smooth operation of Japan's monetary and financial system [Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies 2012], including the government securities market [Maeda and others 2005, and Okina 1993] despite nominal independence of the central bank.
Nabatame, T Okina et al., "Cerebral correlates of the progression rate of the cognitive decline in probable Alzheimer's disease," European Neurology, vol.