(Akahata: April 17, 2015 – p. 1)
The Naha City Assembly held an ad hoc session on April 16 and adopted an opinion statement (33 yes votes, 4 no votes) protesting the government’s policy of forcible construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Nago City, and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi’s decision to suspend the validity of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s order to the Okinawa Defense Bureau to halt construction work “until a court decision is made.” The statement also demands the scrapping of the relocation plan. The motion was made by the Japanese Communist Party, the Shinpu-kai, the Social Democratic Party, and the Okinawa Socialist Masses Party. Komeito voted for the statement, while the Liberal Democratic Party voted against it.
The statement criticizes the farm minister’s decision, as well as protests the government’s posture of ignoring the popular will against the construction of the new military base, as shown by the results of various elections. It strongly demands dropping the plan for a new base. (Abridged)