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Friday, October 15, 2010

Nago City Assembly Adopted Resolution Against Base in Henoko 名護市議会 「県内移設」反対決議

Mayor Inamine Susumu -
photo from Chugoku Shimbun
The Nago city assembly passed a resolution opposing the US and Japanese governments' plan to build a new Marine Corps base in Henoko. It is the first time since 1996 that the Nago  city assembly opposes the base plan entirely. Anti-base mayor Inamine Susumu made a statement that now that the administration and the city assembly are on a united front, they can stand up against the governmenet together more effectively.


The Nago city assembly in Okinawa Prefecture adopted a resolution Friday calling on the Japanese and U.S. governments to rescind their joint statement to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station to the city.
The resolution, passed by majority vote, states that the bilateral statement "goes against the wills of people in Nago and Okinawa," and condemns it as a "vicious act trampling on democracy."

Noting that U.S. military facilities already occupy about 11 percent of the city's land area, the resolution also said forcing the city to host any more U.S. military bases would be "nothing but a discriminatory policy" against people in the southwestern prefecture.

In May, the government led by then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama agreed with the United States to transfer the airfield located in a residential area in Ginowan, Okinawa, to a less-populated area in Nago, despite fierce local opposition.

Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said at a press conference later in the day that the government "takes seriously" the Nago assembly resolution but will continue to seek the understanding of people in Okinawa to implement the May accord with the United States.

Maehara said the Japan-U.S. agreement stipulates the return of most of the military-occupied land areas south of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa if the Futenma facility is transferred in line with the accord, and that he believes base-hosting burdens on residents in the prefecture as a whole will be alleviated.

Also on Friday, the assembly approved a petition asking the U.S. government to retract a plan to deploy V-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing transport aircraft in Okinawa.

The Okinawa prefectural assembly adopted in July a resolution calling for a review of the Japan-U.S. statement.

「普天間」県内移設撤回求め決議 名護市議会2010年10月15日






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