Donations to Henoko Fund top 300 million yen

June 5, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Donations to the Henoko Fund, which is aimed at supporting activities to prevent the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma to Henoko in northern Okinawa Prefecture, have exceeded 300 million yen, the secretariat of the fund said on May 4.

As of May 3, the fund has received 315,367,686 yen from 28,114 donors, exceeding the 300 million mark within only two months of its founding, according to the secretariat.

The fund’s Steering Committee will hold its third meeting at the headquarters of Kanehide Group in Asahi-machi in Naha on June 8.

The fund currently supports two groups, a Nago-based group opposing construction of the new base and an Okinawa-wide group campaigning for the same cause. The committee is expected to discuss additional ways to use the money.

Proposals made so far include supporting municipal-level organizations opposing the base construction and sponsoring opinion ads to be published in newspapers and other media outlets in mainland Japan or abroad.

(English translation by T&CT and Scott Murphy)

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