Respect the will of the people; cancel the Henoko relocation
Governor Onaga and Ambassador Kennedy to meet
On June 19, in Tokyo, Governor Takeshi Onaga will meet with U.S. Ambassador Kennedy for the first time.
The Governor will convey to the ambassador the will of the majority of Okinawan people, which is to refuse construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago, where the governments of Japan and the United States plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan. Onaga will ask the ambassador to review the relocation plan.
The Ryukyu Shimpo presents a special photo series on what has been happening in the sea of Henoko. The Japan Coast Guard officers have been forcefully removing citizens protesting against the construction of the new base on Oura Bay, where there are world-class reefs and dugongs. It is an absurdity to build the new U.S. base against the will of the people, because the United States is the leader of and biggest advocate for democracy in the world.
(English version translated and edited by T&CT and Jane Close)
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