Governor expresses that diplomacy comes before military force, speaking of JSDF deployment

Governor expresses that diplomacy comes before military force, speaking of JSDF deployment

Okinawa Prefectural Assembly building

December 8, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


During a general interpellation at the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly on December 7, in response to an inquiry about the deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Force to Okinawa, Governor Denny Tamaki expressed the understanding that diplomatic efforts are essential prior to exercising military force. He said, “We must pass on various lessons, gained from the Great War that has passed by, to future generations. There are also investigation results showing that places where command posts of the military of Imperial Japan were located became targets of attack. In recognition thereof, peaceful diplomacy, in particular, is necessary.”

In response to Ichiro Ohama (Okinawa, LDP), Reiko Oshiro, the director of the Department of Public Health and Medical Care of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG), spoke about third doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine being administered to employees and admitted persons at nursing homes where clusters have broken out, and administering future booster doses to people after 6 months or more. She said, “We’re gathering information and striving to grasp the necessary vaccine quantity.”

In response to Kyoki Nakagawa (Okinawa, LDP), Tsugiyoshi Miyagi, the director of the Culture, Tourism and Sports Department of the OPG, spoke about the fourth edition of the Okinawa Aya Discovery Campaign, a regional sightseeing demand policy, for which sales started on November 10. He reported that the sales amount as of 11:30 that morning was approximately 780 million yen, and the execution rate was 14 percent. The total amount budgeted is 6.2 billion yen. (Edited by Masaaki Umeda)


(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)


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