Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

Nago Mayor declares he will employ every possible means to stop new US base construction

With the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa this year, Inamine declared he will employ every possible means for stopping new U.S. military base construction. In Nago City assembly on March 4.


March 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine delivered his policy speech at the monthly meeting of the Nago City Assembly. Inamine criticized the Japanese government for forcing through construction of the Futenma replacement facility in Henoko, Nago. He claimed, “The central government is ignoring Okinawan people’s will.” Inamine then declared, “Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and I will tell the people in and outside of Japan how unjust the governments of Japan and the United States have been against Okinawa.” He continued, “We will employ every possible means such as directly appealing to the United States to stop new military base construction.”

With the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa this year, Inamine said, “It is an indelible fact that Okinawa suffered from oppression under the U.S. military administration and was patient under adversity.” He added, “I am not the only one who thinks nothing has changed after Okinawa’s reversion to Japan and Okinawan people are suffering from further cruel treatment under the Japan-U.S. alliance.”

Inamine said that he is concerned that the memory of the World War II and lessons learnt from the war could be disregarded. He claimed, “We should make the right decision and act rightfully to ensure we do not repeat wars and do not support anything leading to them.” Inamine stressed, “We have the huge responsibility of educating the next generation about the history of suffering the Okinawan people have faced after the war.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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