ZHAP aims for 100,000 signatures asking Biden administration to revoke Henoko construction

ZHAP aims for 100,000 signatures asking Biden administration to revoke Henoko construction

The construction site for the FRF, where land reclamation and seawall construction are moving forward, on the coast of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City in September 2020 (photographed via small drone)

May 14, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


On May 13, the members of ZHAP (the ZENKO Henoko Project) held an interview at the Okinawa Prefectural Office’s press club, and, with cooperation from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) which has influence with the Democratic Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced initiation of this project calling for the Biden administration to revoke the plan for constructing the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) in Henoko. ZHAP has developed a signature-collecting campaign and is aiming to gain the support of 100,000 people worldwide.

ZHAP was established by the citizens’ group National Assembly for Peace and Democracy (ZENKO). ZENKO has deepened its cooperation with the DSA, and the DSA is even collaborating in the signature-collecting campaign. It is planned that revocation of the Henoko construction plan will be requested at the DSA National Convention in August.

There are 35 people signed up to collect signatures, including the sculptor Minoru Kinjo, Masanori Okuma of the Okinawa Drone Project, and Yoshiko Uema of the Okinawa Peace Citizens’ Liaison Council. Okuma has shown photographs captured from the sky over Oura Bay to concretely explain the dangers posed by the soft seabed and active faults in this ocean area. He called for support, touching on the fact that Oura Bay is designated as a “Hope Spot”, which is a globally invaluable ocean area, and with the words “It is essential that the people take action”.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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