Governor’s reversion anniversary resolve: “Address poverty and base burden”

May 15, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo


On May 14, a day before the 48th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan, Governor Denny Tamaki issued a statement in which he pledged to: “Continue addressing the challenges facing Okinawa, such as economic disparity with the rest of Japan, childhood poverty, and our U.S. military burden.”


The governor also remarked on Okinawa’s development since its reversion to Japan: “We’ve made solid progress on public infrastructure development. The various policies we’ve adopted in pursuit of economic independence is working.” He also said, “Okinawa still faces many challenges that need to be resolved, including the excessive burden of U.S. military base hosting and the land reclamation work that was recently forced through in Henoko to build a new military base.”


The governor also commented on the events that have unfolded since last year—the Shuri Castle fire, the swine fever outbreak, and the ongoing novel coronavirus spread—and said, “As we are just two years away from the 50th anniversary of the Okinawa Reversion, I have renewed my resolve to ensure that we overcome this difficult situation, with the help from each citizen of Okinawa.”


(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)


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