Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

Comedy Futenma Theater sparks discussion on redevelopment of US military base site

At Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan, on February 16, the participants talked about using the land occupied by Futenma Air Station and the future city development.


February 27, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 16, the Owarai Futenma Gekijo, or Comedy Futenma Theater was held at Jubilance wedding center in Ginowan.

Popular Okinawan comedians performed on the stage, incorporating ideas from the audience about how to use the land returned from the U.S. military. They explored future town renovation ideas.

Ginowan City organized the event to create an opportunity to think about using the land occupied by U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Comedians, including Machan, the stage name of Masamitsu Kohatsu, appeared on the stage. They foretold the future of Ginowan in comedy skits.

There were some suggestions from the audience, who drew ideas from their everyday life. One of the audience members said, “I hope to build a road crossing into the Futenma site to connect Route 58 with Route 330 to reduce traffic jams.” Others shared ideas such as building a new soccer ground or keeping the runway as a disaster readiness center.

Kenta Kadekaru, a university student from Naha, got the audience excited with his idea of creating a film studio with artificial sets of the World Heritage sites in Okinawa. He said, “I am interested in how we can use the land after the return of Futenma Air Station. I hope Futenma will become an exciting town in the future.”

(English translation by T&CT and Lima Tokumori)

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