Henoko protesters celebrate anti-US base candidates winning all seats in Okinawa in Lower House election
December 15, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On the morning of December 15 overnight after a national House of Representatives election, underwater research activities by the Okinawa Defense Bureau were confirmed off the coast of Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago. The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the area.
By 9 p.m., at least eight research ships had left Teira Fishing Port.
About 80 citizens gathered in front of the Camp Schwab gate and celebrated the outcome of the House of Representatives election, in which four candidates against construction of the new base won all the Okinawan seats.
Ashitomi Hiroshi, co-representative of the Helicopter Base Objection Association, said in his speech, “Four candidates who will support Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, won the election. Okinawan democracy is the fruit of grass-roots civil movements.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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