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Local assembly adopts resolution protesting U.S. base commander’s refusal to meet lawmakers

  • June 19, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

KADENA – The Kadena municipal assembly (chaired by Naoki Tokuzato) unanimously passed a protest resolution and a written opinion regarding the refusal of the 18th Wing commander on Kadena Air Base to meet with assembly members. After the vote was taken, all 16 members of the assembly visited Okinawa Defense Bureau deputy chief Kenji Takagi to make a strong demand for the U.S. Forces to respond. Kadena Mayor Hiroshi Toyama was also present, and the written opinion was handed over to Takagi.

 

The Kadena assembly has unanimously passed five protest resolutions and five written opinions against the U.S. Forces during its regular session for June. This number is unprecedented. As of June 18, the 18th Wing had not responded to the municipal assembly’s request to hold a meeting. Ryukyu Shimpo queried the 18th Wing on June 18 on the reason for refusing to meet with the assembly members but had not received an answer on the same day.

 

The resolution addressed to the U.S. Ambassador and the 18th Wing commander on Kadena Air Base asks if continuing to refuse to hold a meeting is “something a ‘good neighbor’ should be doing” and states, “We cannot help being enraged by such a response that treats the local residents with contempt,” demanding that a response be provided in good faith. The resolution is slated to be hand-delivered to the 18th Wing commander and coordination on the schedule is underway.

 

The written opinion addressed to the Japanese government demands a response based on the local residents’ views and asks that “the U.S. Forces be immediately made to rectify their unreasonable response of refusing to hold a meeting.”

 

Mayor Toyama took issue with the recent string of U.S. military aircraft accidents and said that “refusing to hold a meeting is an even more serious problem than that.” (Slightly abridged)

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