Island-Wide Council calls for more people to join protest in Henoko
February 3, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
On February 2, co-representatives of the Island-Wide Council announced a statement asking for the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, to be halted, and for more people to take part in protest action at the site. The council consists of intellectuals and volunteers from political, business, labor and citizen groups in Okinawa.
Seven co-representatives on the council, including Morimasa Goya, the chairman of the Kanehide Holdings, and Toshio Oshiro, the president of the Rengo Okinawa, attended a press conference held at the press club in the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office.
In a statement, they asked more people to take part in the sit-in protest in front of Camp Schwab and raise their voices to oppose the work.
The governments of Japan and the United States are carrying out work to move U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko.
The council representatives will visit the Okinawa Defense Bureau to demand to the suspension of work while Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s panel examines former governor’s approval of the landfill in Henoko.
Currently, the Island-Wide Council is operating buses to send participants to Henoko from in front of the Okinawa Prefectural Government buildings at 9 a.m. every day. A bus runs from Ginowan to Henoko on Tuesday, Uruma on Thursday, and Okinawa City on Saturday. The council plans to run buses from other districts.
(English translation by T&CT)
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