55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

55 years after Okinawa reverted to Japanese sovereignty 2,500 people rally to block construction of new US base

Participants shouted “Ganbaro!” three times, protesting against the governments of Japan and the United States, at a rally held in a park in Naha New Urban Center, on May 15 marking 44 years since Okinawa reverted to Japan.


May 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 15, Okinawa marked 44 years since the administration of the islands was given back to Japan from the United States. A rally calling for peace and protecting life was held at a park in the Naha New Urban Center, a former U.S. military facility.

About 2,500 people, including participants in the “5.15 Peace March,” which started on May 13, gathered.
The participants confirmed that they would take action against the construction of the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago, changes to security laws and the restart of nuclear power stations. They vowed to spread the movement all over the country.

According to the organizer of the 5.15 Peace March, initiated by the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, the total number of participants in the 5.15 Peace March was about 4,500 people.

The peace marches were held over three courses, including the southern part of the island, a fierce battle site during the Battle of Okinawa, and the western and eastern parts of the main island. Marches were also held in Miyako Island and Yaeyama Island.

Hiroji Yamashiro, the director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, said in his speech, “We would not allow the Abe administration to adversely revise Constitution.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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