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Friday, April 23, 2010

Okinawa Prefectural Rally on April 25 沖縄県民大会までカウントダウン

100,000 Okinawans are expected to show up at the Okinawa Prefecture Rally on April 25, at Yomitan Sports Park. Above is the flyer, which reads:

"Move Futenma Outside of Okinawa out of the prefecture, out of the
country! Express our determination to Japanese and U.S. Governments!"

April 25 Prefecture Citizens' Rally

To call for immediate closure and return of Futenma Air Station
To Oppose inter-prefectural relocation, and
To call for out-of-country or out-of-prefecture relocation

Location: Yomitan Sports Park

Let's All Go There!

3:00 PM, April 25 (Sunday)

Rain or Shine

Mayors of 37 out of 41 municipalities of all the Okinawa islands will attend the rally. The four remaining mayors, of the islands of Kumejima, Ishigaki, Ginoza, and Tokashiki, will send their representative, if not attend themselves.

Governor Nakaima, after oscillating back and forth, finally decided to attend. In the NHK News at noon of April 23, Nakaima was reported as saying, "I hesitated to make a decision while the Japanese government had not made a decision; but I decided it was a good opportunity to express my opinion about the over-burden of bases by Okinawa." DPJ's Cabinet Secretary Hirano pressured Nakaima not to attend, but Hirano, knowing Nakaima's decision, said, "it is the Governor's choice."
Inamine Susumu, Mayor of Nago:
"I have been saying not only the Henoko Shor plan but also the Camp Schwab in-land plan was unacceptable. I want to show the power of our opposition."

Shimabukuro Toshio, Mayor of Uruma (where White Beach is):
"I want the Government to show a policy consistent with their election pledge."

Iha Yoichi, Mayor of Ginowan (where Futenma Air Station is:)
"The U.S. is planning to move Futenma's helicopter units to Guam. I want the Government not just to talk about building an alternative base, but to explain to the people of Japan and to the Parliament what the U.S. plan is about."

The rally starts at 3 PM, but Makishi Yoshikazu, an Okinawan architect and blogger says:
"Starting as early as noon, there will be songs and performances by young people. Let us get a bottle of water and leave home by 10 AM."

Many municipalities, including Ginowan City, will arrange free shuttle buses for the convenience of rally-goers.

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to wear or have something yellow to show solidarity.

"The 25th becomes an unprecedented event in modern Japanese history, if not the world history," Gavan McCormack, Professor of Australian National University shared his thoughts on the event.

"Never before in Japanese history has an entire region stood up and said 'No' to the central state authorities. And it is so much the more remarkable because they are actually saying 'No' not just to Tokyo but to Washington. And, not only that, they now almost certainly are going to win: they are going to impose their will upon the two most powerful governments in the world. For citizens to assert, successfully, their moral authority and their right to dictate to government(s) is really something to celebrate!

This may be a new phase in democracy. "

For those of us who are in North America, the Okinawan rally will start at 2 AM on Sunday 25th by the Eatern Time, and 11 PM on Saturday 24th by the Pacific Time. There will be solidarity rallies held across Japan, and in Washington., D.C., San Francisco, and Hawaii in the United States.

PeacePhilosopher


琉球新報 4月18日

「普天間」県民大会、37首長参加へ 全市町村で「県内反対」2010年4月18日

普天間飛行場移設市町村長コメント(クリックで拡大)
 読谷村運動広場で25日午後3時から開催される米軍普天間飛行場の国外・県外移設を求める県民大会に県内37市町村長が参加する。17日までの琉球新報の調べに対し意向を表明した。代理参加や日程調整中の自治体も合わせると、全41市町村の代表らが大会に参加して「県内移設反対」の意志を発信する見通しだ。33市町村議会も議長の参加など、組織的な結集を呼び掛けている。各首長からは「首相は最低でも県外の公約を守ってほしい」「日米安保の負担を沖縄だけに押し付けるな」など、政府に県外移設実現を求める声が相次いでいる。
 41市町村のうち、石垣、宜野座、久米島3市町村は代理参加。渡嘉敷村は参加の方向で検討している。
 稲嶺進名護市長は「辺野古の海はもとより、陸上にも新基地建設はだめだと訴えてきた。辺野古に戻って来ないか心配だが、『それはまかりならん』というパワーを見せつけたい」と大会への決意を示す。
 島袋俊夫うるま市長は「与勝海上案の地域は、企業立地促進法に基づく観光・海洋振興の場。目的から矛盾する。政府は公約通り納得のいく方針を示してほしい」と厳しく指摘した。
 伊波洋一宜野湾市長は「米軍の計画ではグアムに普天間のヘリ部隊が移転することは明らかで、政府は基地探しに終始せず、今の移転計画をきちんと国民や国会に対しても明らかにすべきだ」と強調した。


沖縄タイムス 4月23日

仲井真弘多知事は23日午前、4・25県民大会への出席を正式に決め、県政与党の自民党県連と公明党県本幹部、大会実行委員会事務局に伝えた後、定例会見で発表した。仲井真知事は出席の理由を「私の考えを県民や県外に申し上げるのにちょうど良い機会だ」と説明した。県民大会でのあいさつの内容について「私は日米安全保障条約を認める立場だが、沖縄はあまりにも負担が過剰。負担を全国で担い不公平感の解消に取り組んでほしい」と述べる考えを示した。

 仲井真知事が県民大会に出ることで、米軍普天間飛行場の移設先の見直し作業を進めている鳩山政権に対し、県民が県内移設反対と、県外・国外を求める声が一層高まることになる。実行委の新里米吉事務局長は「オール沖縄の環境が整った。県内反対、国外・県外を訴えよう」と述べた。

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