Ginowan Assembly adopts resolution to protest against U.S. Marine redeployment

June 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, the Ginowan City Assembly unanimously adopted a protest resolution and a statement of written opinion on the United States Marine Corps redeployment. The Corps is planning to send more Marines to Okinawa, including aircraft to the Futenma in the Unit Deployment Program. It unanimously adopted resolutions protesting against a U.S. Air Force F-22 fighter belonging to Kadena Air Base crashing on May 28, and an incident of vandalism by an airman at Nodake on June 2.

The members of the assembly will visit the Okinawa Defense Bureau to protest in the afternoon of June 24.

The assembly adopted a protest resolution against Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s remarks by a majority vote 24 in favor, one against and one not present. The mayor suggested to a U.S. military commander in Okinawa that American soldiers should use adults entertainment business. He also said the Japan’s Second World War ‘comfort women’ system had been necessary.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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