181 environmental groups support governor Onaga’s revocation of Henoko approval

October 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

One hundred eighty-one environmental organizations, including international environmental NGO FoE Japan, released a joint statement supporting Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga. Onaga revoked the approval to reclaim land for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to the Henoko coastal area in Nago. There were also 5,221 individuals who supported the joint statement.

In the statement, supporters referred to the fact that Onaga won last year’s gubernatorial election on a pledge to oppose the Henoko relocation. They claimed that the governments of Japan and the United States should not ignore Okinawan people’s overwhelming support for the Okinawa governor.

The statement demanded the Japanese government stop the new base construction in Henoko and not take countermeasures against the governor’s revoking of the landfill approval under the Administrative Appeal Act.

They handed over signatures collected from the supporters as well as the joint statement to a representative of Japan’s Ministry of Defense.

(English translation by T&CT)

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