Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

Naha City Assembly asks the U.S. and Japanese governments to stop the construction of a new base in Henoko immediately

At Naha City Assembly Hall on August 22, a majority of the Naha City Assembly members resolved to oppose the Japanese government's construction of the base in the Henoko district of Nago.


August 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. and Japanese governments are building a new base in the Henoko district of Nago for replacement of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station. A majority of the Naha City Assembly members resolved to ask the governments to stop the construction immediately and give up the relocation plan. The assembly members of the Shimpu fraction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Komei Party and Japanese Communist Party, Social Democratic Party and Shakai Taishu Party and other opposition parties favored the resolution and filed a written opinion for it. Six independents and members of the LDP and Kaikakunokai opposed the resolution.

The written opinion states, “The Japanese government is forcing through building the base. They are ignoring the petition filed by the mayors of the municipalities in Okinawa requesting the easing of the base-hosting burden. They are also ignoring strong opposition against the plan from Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine and opinion polls showing that 73.6 percent of Okinawans oppose the plan. It went on to state, “The government’s act is against democracy and abhorrent to Okinawa.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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