Miyakojima residents protest against GSDF deployment to Miyako Island

Miyakojima residents protest against GSDF deployment to Miyako Island

On December 13 at Miyakojima City Central Public Hall, citizens raised placards in opposition of the Ground Self Defense Force deployment plan.


December 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


On December 13 at the Miyakojima City Central Public Hall on Miyako Island, a citizens’ rally was held to protest the construction of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) missile bases.

About 130 residents participated.


At the rally, participants approved a resolution in protest of the continuing construction of the GSDF bases, the plan to deploy to Ishigaki Island, and militarization of the Ryukyuan Islands.

They raised placards and their voices saying, “No New Bases on Miyakojima!”


The resolution said, “We will strongly condemn and object to the Ministry of Defense for disregarding the residents’ lives and forcing through construction, as well as Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji for selling this island.”

A member of the rally committee, Kunihiro Kishimoto, said, “Although the Ministry of Defense says the bases are deterrents, this deterrence is like the ‘ghosts’ used when fooling children.

It does not mean that other countries will believe in ghosts and not attack the bases.

The deterrent is a lie.


(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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