So, Scotland votes "No".
Yesterday I was checking the news on the Internet between lessons (and doing my Japanese study!), and I was a little disappointed to see the No vote.
I think "Yes" would have given many young Scottish people a real sense of pride in their heritage and country.
But everyone says this vote will mean big changes - in the powers that Scotland will have to decide public life. Already Scotland has a lot of control over what happens IN Scotland, and this will lead to more.
The British Prime Minister said this issue is settled now for "a generation" - but I think Scottish people will want another referendum...maybe in another 40 or 50 years....I think independence will come.
Today Scotland holds a referendum - a vote on one question - "Yes" to become independent from the United Kingdom, or "no", so stay with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
About 4 million people can vote. Already Scotland has different policies on education/ environment/health and other issues. The Scottish Parliament was created after a referendum in 1997.
But now? It could be full independence.
What do I think?
My heart says "Yes" - I think Scottish people would be so proud to be 100% in control of their own lives. Decisions made in London, would be better made by people in Scotland.
But my head says No", mainly for economic reasons - I feel the country will be poorer if it separates from the UK, even though Scotland will probably, eventually negotiate to control many of the oil reserves in the North Sea.
My family has a little Scottish blood, on my mother's side, and I have Scottish friends - I know how proud they are to BE Scottish. In Japan I think the similar feeling exists in people in Okinawa. Decisions made in Tokyo are a long, long way from life and opinions in Okinawa.
So, what will the people of Scotland decide today?
I will be watching the news early tomorrow morning in Japan!