Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

Kenzaburo Oe and 23 other artists and intellectuals release statement supporting governor’s revocation of Henoko land reclamation permit

Artists and intellectuals from other parts of Japan hold a press conference in support of Governor Onaga’s revocation of the Henoko land reclamation permit on October 26 at the Lower House Diet Member’s Office Building.


October 27, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 26, twenty-four artists and intellectuals from around Japan, including Osaka City University professor emeritus Kenichi Miyamoto and Kenzaburo Oe, released a statement lauding Governor Takeshi Onaga’s decision to revoke authorization to reclaim land off Henoko, Nago. The statement announces, “We support the revocation of authorization to reclaim land to build a U.S. military base in Henoko.”

The group that released the statement is called “Council for consideration of the Futenma/Henoko issue,” and is represented by Kenichi Miyamoto. Author Kenzaburo Oe also added his name to the statement. Ten signatories, including Dokkyo University professor emeritus Shoichi Koseki, Tokyo University professor Yōichi Komori, and Rikkyo University professor Osamu Nishitani, attended a press conference regarding the statement at the Lower House Diet Member’s Office Building.

Representative Miyamoto announced his full support for Governor Onaga’s decision, stating, “The people of Okinawa have continuously expressed their overwhelming opposition to the construction of the new Henoko base. Forcefully pushing forward with the base construction based solely on the former governor’s authorization of the land reclamation permit is equivalent to Japan relinquishing its credentials as a democratic nation and announcing to the world that justice is not administered here.”

(Translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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