Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

Governor Onaga sworn in, says he will fulfill his pledge to stop construction of US base

"I will work hard to fulfill my policy pledge," new Governor Takeshi Onaga stated in his first press conference on December 10.


December 10, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 10, at an inauguration press conference held at the prefectural government office, new Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga vowed to fulfill his pledge. He ran the gubernatorial race on a platform to oppose the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago, and push for it to be moved outside of Okinawa in Japan or abroad. With regard to repealing and cancelling the former Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval of Henoko landfill, he said, “I will decide it after looking into whether there is any legal defect in the process of his approval. I want to seek the opinion of legal experts.”

Onaga said, “Next year will mark 70 years since the Battle of Okinawa. I was elected to the post of governor at a major milestone in history to open a new page. I take it very seriously. I will confront the present difficulties with my full power. “He also stressed that Okinawa would be a bridge between Japan and Asian countries, and that he would work for the development of Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT)

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