Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

Naha Mayor claims Okinawan economy doesn’t depend on US bases

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga


February 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga announced his administrative policy for the new fiscal year at a regular meeting of the City Council held on February 18.

Onaga talked about promoting the use of the land returned by the U.S. military. He said, “The Japanese government promotes Okinawa hosting the U.S. military bases. It is important for us to correct the thinking that the Okinawan economy depends on the bases. Beyond ideology, we need to unite the Okinawan people to continue seeking to resolve the base issues.”

Onaga said, “Diplomatic problems complicate base issues.” He continued, “We need to keep in mind that Okinawa aims to promote an independent economy based on peace and security.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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