Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ex-governor Ota nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Masahide Ota

April 4, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Masahide Ota, ex-governor of Okinawa, has been nominated as a candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The, “Continuing the spirit of ‘life itself is treasure,’ bringing the Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawan people who lay the foundation for peace,” executive committee held a press conference on March 3 at the Okinawan Prefectural Press Club, and announced that they had received word of the nomination from the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The executive committee has been working for some time to help award a Nobel Peace Prize to the Okinawans who lived through the Battle of Okinawa and continue a movement for peace. As the governor of Okinawa, Ota laid the foundation for peace, and as someone who lived through the Battle of Okinawa and continues to do research about it, efforts began to make him the candidate for the prize as the representative of Okinawans.

Professor Tetsumi Takara of the Okinawa University Law School, speaking as a representative of the executive committee, said, “Looking at past winners, [the Nobel Peace Prize] has become an object of people who fight against the forced imposition of the government. It will become an even greater source of strength for the peace movement.” According to the executive committee, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced October 5. This year candidates for the prize include 215 individuals and 105 groups.

(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)

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