(Okinawa Times: January 30, 2015 – p. 2)
NAHA – U.S. Consul General Alfred Magleby paid a courtesy call on Naha Mayor Mikiko Shiroma at the city hall on Jan. 29.
Against the background of progress in the work of building a new U.S. base in the Henoko area of Naha City, Magleby said: “In regard to base issues, we must study history. You have to live in Okinawa for about 10 years to get the full picture. Dialogue is important, but it is difficult to resolve the issues through dialogue alone.”
The consul general said that he has studied Okinawan history and visited the entire prefecture, including remote islands, since taking office. He added: “There is something profound about Okinawa. It is important to hold dialogue with the next generation. I look forward to the future of Okinawa.”
Mayor Shiroma said, “I would like you to get a good look at Naha as well as the rest of Okinawa during your tenure as consul general.”