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Onaga-Kennedy Meeting: We Call for Unconditional Closure of Futenma–Don’t Treat Okinawa as a Colony

Yoshikazu Shiohira, Editor-in-Chief of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Governor Takeshi Onaga and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will hold their first meeting on June 19.

We hope the two leaders to engage in frank debate in order to achieve unconditional closure of U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma and halt the construction of a new U.S. base at Henoko, Nago. At the same time, we hope they will discuss how to find a path to end the de facto colonial state of Okinawa and achieve democracy...