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Okinawa residents hold rally to demand that government respect referendum results

  • March 17, 2019
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All newspapers reported on Sunday that a rally was held in Naha on Sunday and 10,000 people participated in it, according to the organizers. A resolution was adopted at the rally calling for the Japanese and U.S. governments to respect the results of the referendum on Henoko relocation held on Feb. 24, in which over 70% of those who voted opposed the relocation plan. The resolution also called for the cancellation of the plan.


In a related story, today’s Mainichi front-paged the results of its latest public opinion poll, in which 52% of respondents expressed opposition to the GOJ plan to move forward with the relocation initiative and 30% were in favor of it. Asked about their opinions on the hypothetical idea of moving U.S. bases from Okinawa to their communities, over 60% said they would oppose it.

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