Youth and child-raising generation create group opposing Henoko relocation plan

Youth and child-raising generation create group opposing Henoko relocation plan

On February 5, at Naha, the members of the New Wave to Hope group exchanged opinions freely.


February 6, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

In January 25, youth and child-raising people who oppose the plan to move Futenma Air Station to Henoko in Nago, set up a new group called “New Wave to Hope.” Centered around youth who feel angry about the approval of the Henoko landfill by Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima last December, the members have started to work on stopping the plan in their own way. The members are enthusiastic, saying, “We would like to create a ‘new wave.'”

The members are young people and child-raising people in their 20s to 40s. Kazue Nakamura-Huber, the co-leader of the group said, “We aim to let young people join freely and protest in their own way.”

Fumiya Oshiro and Yusuke Ichida, members of the group, are planning to film what they do using smartphones and stream it onto the Internet. Oshiro said, “By broadcasting what is happening in Okinawa, we would like people worldwide to think about the problems caused by the U.S. military bases.”

The members have various motivations for joining the group. Naoko Kinjo, who is from Henoko and has been bringing up her children, saw the news about the governor’s approval of the landfill. She thought, “If I don’t act for our children’s future right now, when should I?” She then joined the group. “I would like to express my thoughts to oppose the building of the base in my own way,” she said.
As their first action, they held a protest meeting against the U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on February 11 in the square of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Building in Naha.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori)

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