Kanehide Group Chairman energizes Henoko protesters
October 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
In front of the gate at Camp Schwab in Nago, citizens continue to stage a sit-in-protest against the construction of an alternative base for U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, which the Japanese and US governments want to relocate to Oura Bay, off the coast of Henoko. The Shima Gurumi Association was created by Okinawan business leaders and intellectuals. Around 9 a.m., the co-representative of the Shima Gurumi Association Morimasa Goya, who is also a Kanehide Group Chairman, visited the protest site, and cheered on the protesting citizens.
Goya said, “Although I want Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to revoke the former governor’s approval of the landfill in Henoko soon, I would like Onaga to be careful of how the Japanese government responds to Okinawa’s move.”
Employees hired by the Okinawa Defense Bureau were confirmed to have installed floats off the coast of Henoko.
(English translation by T&CT)
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