100 assembly members set up organization to block construction of new US base in Henoko
March 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
About 100 members of Okinawa’s local municipal assemblies and the Diet have set up an organization to work towards blocking construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. They have agreed to work together to stop the Futenma relocation plan.
They are planning a sit-in-protest in front of the Camp Schwab to take place in the morning from April 6 to 8. They will take part in a rally of about 10,000 people, which will be held at Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Naha, on May 17.
At a launch gathering held on March 29 in Naha, they adopted a resolution, which says, “The people of Okinawa prefecture have consistently opposed new U.S. base construction. We cannot forgive the Japanese government for its relentless and hardline stance. We will strive to mobilize the energy of the people.”
They will ask other assembly members to take part in the organization, and aim to increase the number of participants to several hundred. House of Representatives lawmakers Kantoku Teruya, Seiken Akamine, Denny Tamaki, Toshinobu Nakazato and Upper House lawmaker Keiko Itokazu became joint representatives of the organization. Satoru Nakasone, chairperson of the ruling party of the prefectural assembly, serves as the secretary-general of the organization.
Nakasone said, “In order to realize our aim to block new U.S. base construction, we want to tie together our common feelings, and work hard as leaders for the people.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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