(Tokyo Shimbun: July 27, 2015 – p. 3)
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga has indicated his plan to speak before the UN Human Rights Council from September to October about his opposition to the government’s plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corp Futenma Air Station to Henoko.
“This is an issue that I must tell the world about,” Onaga told reporters at Naha Airport when he returned from an official overseas trip on July 26. His objective is to draw international attention to the issue and drum up support from around the world.
A citizens’ group that is opposed to the Henoko relocation plan is making arrangements for Onaga to deliver the address. The group will conduct coordination to secure time for him to speak at the UN Human Rights Council with the help of a non-governmental organization that is entitled to hold consultations with the UN.
The UNHCR is scheduled to be convened from September 14 to October 2 in Geneva, Switzerland. Onaga is hoping to deliver his speech in late September. (Slightly abridged)