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Okinawa delegation accompanying governor meets with nearly 100 U.S. officials

  • February 5, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 – The All-Okinawa Council delegation (headed by the council’s co-leader Morimasa Goya) accompanying Governor Takeshi Onaga on his trip to the United States completed its itinerary on the evening of Feb. 3 (morning of Feb. 4 in Japan). The delegation met with three members of the House of Representatives and 41 assistants to members of both houses of Congress to brief them on Okinawa’s opposition to the construction of a new military base. They also held meetings with officials of six think tanks and labor unions, exchanging views with nearly 100 U.S. officials.

 

At a news conference held at the National Press Center on the evening of Feb. 3, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine stressed that “it is important to reiterate Okinawa’s sentiments to the U.S. side.” He indicated that during the meetings, certain lawmakers and assistants expressed their desire to study the Henoko issue.

 

With the government about to go ahead with construction work in waters off Henoko early next week, Goya stated: “The All-Okinawa Council would like to think about effective ways to deal with this. The most important weapon would be a referendum in Okinawa on the Henoko relocation issue,” indicating that holding a referendum would be an effective step. (Slightly abridged)

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