Lunch break Peace March commemorates 30 years

Lunch break Peace March commemorates 30 years

On February 21, a citizens group holds a peace march around the Okinawa Prefectural Office to call for the resignation of the Okinawan governor.


February 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The “lunch break peace march” commemorated 30 years on February 21. This has been held by a citizen group every Friday to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the promotion of peace. On this day, they marched around the Okinawa Prefectural Office to call for Governor Hirokazu Nakaima to resign and to cancel his approval of the Henoko landfill. The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly was looking into the governor’s approval of the landfill based on Article 100 of the Local Autonomy Act.

This lunch break march began on February 17, 1984 in protest against U.S. warships carrying nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles. February 21 was the 1,565th time. Saneyoshi Furugen, 84, a former member of the House of Representatives who has taken part since the very first march, said, “We would like to continue this to promote peace of the world.”

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