Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki sends message opposing new U.S military base construction in Okinawa

A message written by Hayao Miyazaki, supporting the Okinawan people's movement to oppose the construction of a new U.S.military base in Henoko.


November 14, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Toshinobu Nakazato, former chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly, has been asking prominent figures in and outside of Okinawa who support the Okinawan people’s movement opposing the deployment of Osprey aircraft to Okinawa and construction of a new U.S military base in Henoko, to send messages to Okinawa.

On November 13, Nakazato released a statement from internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki, who supports the movement.

Internationally acclaimed animation director Hayao Miyazaki

In his directly written message, Miyazaki said, “Demilitarization of Okinawa is essential to create peaceful East Asia.”

On November 8, Miyazaki received an Academy Honorary Award, which is given to international filmmakers who have made significant achievements in the motion picture industry. He is an internationally renowned animation director.

Nakazato and former president of Okinawa University Kunitoshi Sakurai, journalist Akiko Yui, former professor of the University of Ryukyus Tateki Yafuso, and a member of the Japan Scientists Association Shoko Yafuso, have been asking prominent figures to write messages to Okinawa. They received the message from Miyazaki on November 4.

Nakazato and others started sending postcards to about 460 prominent figures in and outside of Okinawa from October 29 and asked them to support the movement opposing the construction of the new base.

In a press conference held at the Okinawa Prefectural Government building, they announced that they had received postcards from 89 supporters.

(English translation by T&CT)

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