Nago Mayor Inamine reflects on his court testimony

Nago Mayor Inamine reflects on his court testimony

Mayor Susume Inamine reflects on the February 29 hearing he attended, at a press conference on March 1 at Nago City Hall.

March 1, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 29, Nago Mayor Susume Inamine gave witness testimony in the trial between the Japanese government and Okinawa prefectural government over the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In a press conference held on March 1, Inamine commented, “As mayor, I gave testimony to the burden that residents are forced to bear. It was very meaningful to be able to attend the hearing.”

In regards to the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese government initiating negotiations for a settlement proposal, Inamine said, “It will be significant if the settlement proposal closely meets the needs of Okinawa.” Even if reconciliation is not reached, Inamine said, “I will hold strong to my commitment.” He remains adamant in preventing the construction of a new base in Henoko, Nago.

Members of the Nago City Assembly’s opposition party appealed to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to have the subsidies for the realignment of U.S. forces paid directly to the respective districts, bypassing the city. Inamine rejected the idea as unrealistic, stating that “this is not something which can be [directly] handed to each district.”

(English translation by T&CT and Kaya Doi)

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