Korean, Chinese students visit Henoko

Korean, Chinese students visit Henoko

University students, who came from Tokyo, China and South Korea, listened to a brief on the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko from Hiroshi Ashitomi, co-representative of the Helicopter Base Objection Association, at the Henoko Fishing Port, on January 8.


January 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 8, in front of U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago, citizens voiced their protest. They called for the governments of Japan and the United States to cancel the plan to build an offshore U.S. base for replacement of the Futenma base in Ginowan. At 8:00 a.m., five work ships, including a submersible research vehicle, employed by the Okinawa Defense Bureau, left the Teruma Port. Three protest ships were ready on the sea to monitor movement of the work ships.

Meanwhile, about 30 students from four universities, including Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, China and South Korea, visited the Henoko Fishing Port. They listened to a brief on the Henoko issue from Hiroshi Ashitomi, co-representative of the Helicopter Base Objection Association.

A student of SungKongHoe University (Anglican Church University) in Seoul, said, “At the moment when I arrived at Henoko, I thought the situation here is very similar to that in Jeju Island. I want to think about what I can do in Korea.” She took part in the sit-in pretest against the Jeju Naval Base.

(English translation by T&CT)

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