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Sep 19, 2014

Stop Building New Base! Okinawa Residents to Hold Gathering on September 20 with Focus on Cancellation of Approval by New Governor

Stop Building New Base! Okinawa Residents to Hold Gathering on September 20 with Focus on Cancellation of Approval by New Governor


I see.  The chief cabinet has said: “Reclamation plan was approved by the governor, and it is the issue of the past.”  Therefore, it turns out that if a new governor cancel it, they cannot do construction work.

Masatoshi Takeshita
September 14, 2014


English translation of the excerpt from a Japanese article: Protect Sea!  Sit-InProtest at Henoko, Okinawa Prefecture – September 12, 2014 –

Let’s go to Henoko!  Stop Building New Base! Okinawa Residents to Hold Gathering on September 20




- the translation of "Stop Building New Base!" flyer -

It is planned to hold a gathering to oppose the relocation of the U.S. base to Henoko on September 20.
Opposition lawmakers elected by prefectural assembly call for people to get together.
According to the executive committee, approximately 3,600 people joined a gathering held in front of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago City on August 23.
The committee aims for more participants on September 20.

Date: September 20 at 2 pm
Place: Henoko-no-mori
*Charter bus service available


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English translation of the excerpt from a Japanese article:  Kazuhide Uekusa’s “UnknownTruth”- September 14, 2014 –

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Shows Condition for Stoppage of Building Base in Henoko

Okinawa residents have been taking action at the risk of their life on the Henoko beach, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture to protect the sea in Henoko.

The Japan Coat Guard has reportedly threatened the citizens acting on high seas and inflicted violence on them.


In the 2010 Okinawa gubernatorial election, Mr. Hirokazu Nakaima made a promise to Okinawa residents that he would relocate the Futenma replacement facility to outside the prefecture or outside the country.

He violate this promise, campaign pledge, contract and accepted an application for reclaiming the Henoko sea.

This approval has no legitimacy.

At a press conference on September 10, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga of the Abe administration showed his recognition as follows:

“It was a top concern whether Okinawa Prefectural government would approve the reclamation (of the coast at Henoko).  Since the governor approved it and construction has been carried out without making any fuss, it is the issue of the past.  It is not a point in dispute.”

Mr. Suga complacently says that the “approval of application for reclamation” Mr. Nakaima gave is securely-authenticated.  However, since it is a fictitious bill and he knows about it very well, he cannot carry out his promise.

In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Okinawa residents clearly stated their will against relocation to Henoko.

People of Nago City in Okinawa Prefecture have clearly demonstrated their will against relocation to Henoko four times in the mayoral elections and municipal elections since 2010.

This is the will of Okinawa Prefecture residents and Nago citizens.  It is not allowed to build a new U.S. base in Henoko, ignoring the will of sovereign.

However, it can be said that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has committed a blunder fatal to the Abe administration.


The blunder he committed is that he has given his word “approval of application for reclamation by governor is everything.”

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