New US base 46 million yen donated to Henoko Fund in a week

April 18, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Henoko Fund, which was set up to try to prevent construction of a new U.S. airfield in Henoko, Nago on April 9, has raised 46,291,683 yen in one week. The Governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to the facility. The executive committee of the fund plans to publish advertisements in newspapers in the United States before Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga’s visit to Washington DC in late May.

Bunyo Ishikawa, a famous photographer from Okinawa who documented the Vietnam War, has become a representative of the fund. The other representatives are: former Kadena Mayor Tokuzitu Miyaga; Morimasa Goya, chairman of Kanehide Group; Chokei Taira, CEO of Kariyushi Group; Tokumatsu Nagahama, chairman of Okinawa Ham Co.; Masaru Sato, writer and former chief analyst at Foreign Ministry; and Fumiko Sugawara (the widow of late actor Bunta Sugawara).

(English translation by T&CT)

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