Consul general of Germany Karsten visits Ginoza to see “Never War Again”
December 30, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Ingo Karsten visited Ginoza Village for the first time to see a production titled “1914-1918 The First World War Collage – Nie Wieder Krieg (Never War Again)” on December 28. This drama, which depicts a German sculptor who lost his son in the war, was performed on December 27 and 28 in Ginoza. Karsten met with Ginoza Mayor Atsushi Toma and received a briefing about the village’s industry and the U.S. military base issue from the mayor.
The Counsul General showed interest in the U.S. military base issue and the result of the gubernatorial election. The mayor said, “Many villagers are opposed to the government’s plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station to Henoko, Nago, near Ginoza, despite the income from land rent fees for U.S. military use, which accounts for about 25 percent of all the revenue of the village.”
Karsten said, “The German government is interested in politics and economic development in Okinawa.” Mayor Toma, who is a politician from Okinawa’s post war generation, said, “This drama will help us understand fear of war.” The consul general agreed with his opinion, saying that this event will enhance people’s understanding fear of war.
After his interview with the mayor, Karsten said to reporters, referring to the history of Germany after World War I, “War is the most dangerous threat of all. My message is that we should avoid war.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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