Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga attended the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly’s plenary session on June 26, the second day of general interpellations.
Okinawa Prefecture has requested the Japanese and U.S. governments review the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). In this regard, Governor Onaga expressed the intent to make the SOFA discussion into a national debate. “I would like to gain the understanding of our nation’s governors by making a direct appeal to them at the National Governors’ Association meeting in July,” he said.
Governor Onaga explained the prefecture’s initiatives: “We asked the Japanese and U.S. governments to review the SOFA last September. We are conducting a survey of the situation in other countries, including Germany and Italy.” He said this in response to a question posed by Tsutomu Kinjo (Komeito).
Onaga did not mention his absence at [the first day of] the Assembly’s regular June meeting on June 25. (Abridged)