Sunday’s Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun reported on a rally to protest the FRF construction off Camp Schwab held in Naha on Saturday, noting that according to the organizer, some 45,000 people attended the event. The participants’ anger at the U.S. military has been compounded by the continued operations by the Futenma-based Ospreys, one of which crashed recently in waters off Australia. Okinawa Governor Onaga and Nago Mayor Inamine underscored their determination to block the Futenma relocation initiative at all costs.
The Monday editions of Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun also highlighted a ceremony held at Okinawa International University on Sunday to mark the 13th anniversary of the crash of a Marine helicopter on its campus in Ginowan in 2004. Some 140 teachers and students took part in the event, during which they called for the closure of MCAS Futenma and the suspension of Osprey flights.