Shimagurumikaigi to set up fund to block the new US base at Henoko
April 2, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
The Island-Wide Council (Shimagurumikaigi) is to set up a fund as part of its campaign against the new U.S. base in Henoko. The money will be used to spread the message that public opinion in Okinawa opposes the Henoko relocation. The fund will help raise awareness of the issue in both mainland Japan and abroad.
The council will use the fund for advertisements in both American and Japanese national newspapers, as well as for symposiums on the Futenma issue in the U.S. The council hopes to recruit prominent personalities to lead the fund-raising.
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga intends to visit the United States shortly after the end of April. It’s hoped an advertisement can be placed in U.S. newspapers to coincide with his visit.
Council Director, Yoshikazu Tamaki, a member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, commented, “The purpose of the fund is not just to raise money. We hope our activities will also raise awareness of the Henoko issue among people in Japan and overseas.”
Shimagurumikaigi consists of civic groups, business people, assembly members and other groups and individuals who are against the Henoko relocation plan.
(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)
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