Okinawa governor condemns helipad construction in Takae

Okinawa governor condemns helipad construction in Takae

Deputy Chief cabinet secretary Kazuhiro Sugita (back left) talked to Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga (right) at the Okinawa Prefectural Office on July 17.

July 14, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 14, Deputy chief cabinet secretary Kazuhiro Sugita visited Okinawa to attend a working group meeting between Okinawa and Japan concerning Okinawa’s revocation of its approval of land reclamation for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station to the Henoko coastal area in Nago. Prior to the meeting, Sugita met Okinawa Governor Takashi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Office. Referring to the matter of construction being forced the day after the Upper House election, Onaga told Sugita, “We can’t build a trustworthy relationship if the Japanese government forces through the helipad construction in Takae.” After the meeting, vice-governor Mitsuo Ageda spoke to the press. According to Ageda, Onaga stressed in the meeting that candidates supported by the All Okinawa have won major elections in Okinawa focusing on the Henoko relocation, including the Upper House election on July 10. Onaga claimed, “Okinawan people’s will is to prevent the new base construction in Henoko.”

(English translation T&CT)

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