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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

【報道】80 U.S. scholars, including Chomsky and Kuznick, condemn latest rape/murder in Okinawa and call for removal of bases チョムスキー、カズニックら、沖縄の事件を糾弾、全基地撤去を訴える

Here is Okinawa Times' coverage of the recent action. 沖縄の事件をうけ、米国からの怒りの声明!U.S. Activists, Organizations and Academics Call for Justice for Okinawans, Removal of Military Bases

Kyodo News' report (in Japan Times) follows below. 先日投稿した、チョムスキー、カズニックら識者80人の沖縄声明が沖縄タイムスにこのように取り上げられました。下方は『ジャパン・タイムズ」に出た共同通信のニュース。

From Japan Times, May 29, 2016. 

80 U.S. scholars urge Obama to shut down U.S. bases in Okinawa

About 80 prominent scholars and activists are calling on the U.S. government to close its military bases in Okinawa Prefecture over a base worker’s alleged involvement in the death of a local woman.

The scholars and activists include Peter Kuznick, an American University professor who is a staunch advocate of abolishing nuclear weapons, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky.
In a recently released statement, the activists encouraged the administration of President Barack Obama to discuss with Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga the crimes committed by U.S. servicemen and the possibility of shutting the U.S. military bases there. Onaga requested a meeting with Obama during his G-7 visit but was rebuffed by the Abe administration.
“We are horrified by the recent rape and murder of a young woman from Okinawa by a former U.S. Marine,” it said. “Many of us have been to Okinawa, and stand with the peace-loving people there in demanding the complete withdrawal of U.S. military bases from that beautiful island.”
The arrest last week of Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, a former marine who works at the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, reignited anti-American sentiment in the prefecture, which has a heavy U.S. military presence.
Investigative sources have said the suspect admitted to killing the 20-year-old victim after sexually assaulting her.

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