“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

“All-Okinawa Convention” to be held at the end of the month as part of efforts to prevent new base construction

On November 3 at the Prefectural Headquarters of the Workers Union in Izumizaki, Naha City, representatives from political parties, civic groups, and business communities discussed the establishment of a new organization.

November 4, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 3, representatives of prefectural assembly governing parties, civic groups, and the business community held a meeting at the prefectural headquarters of the Workers Union in Izumizaki, Naha to establish a new organization aimed at stopping the construction of a new base in Henoko. The representatives decided to hold an inauguration assembly at the end of November. The tentative event name is “All-Okinawa Meeting To Stop Construction of A New Base in Henoko.” The administrative board consists of 22 groups that participated in the meeting. The organization aims to work on preventing the new base’s construction from a wide range of angles.

A meeting to establish the organization’s set up will be held on November 14. Representatives will determine co-leaders, an executive office, and a charter. Prefectural Assembly Member Yonekichi Shinzato was appointed to serve as a leader of the set-up phase. The organization will consider creating a system to coordinate the activities of affiliated groups, sponsors, individuals and the administration board.

The new organization plans to set up an executive committee to arrange for a larger-scale assembly in future. While many groups are working together to prevent the new base’s construction, this is the first organization consisting of business communities and conservative groups.

At the meeting, the group will plan activities aiming to intensify the protest action in Henoko as a response to the government launching the construction. As a matter of policy, the organization will not have direct involvement in elections. However, Shinzato explained, “The importance of the election will be expressed in a charter.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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