A citizens’ group announced on May 21 that it has recommended eight individuals and two organizations as a candidate group for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The eight individuals include Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga and Okinawa Peace Movement Center Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro, who are opposed to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from the Okinawa prefectural city of Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago City. The civic group is working to bring the Nobel Peace Prize to individuals and organizations who have devoted themselves to peace in Okinawa Prefecture.
The citizens’ group is jointly represented by Tetsumi Takara, a professor of constitutional studies at the University of the Ryukyus’ Graduate School of Law, and others and is made up of about 70 members, including supporters. It chose the nominees as representatives of Okinawa Prefecture’s people, who strongly desire peace, and worked on a university professor certified as a recommender and others to nominate them. The Nobel Prize committee in Norway notified the recommender of its acceptance of documents on April 20. (Abridged)