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Okinawa governor requests one-month suspension of Henoko reclamation work

  • March 19, 2019
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NHK, NTV, TBS, and Fuji TV reported that Okinawa Governor Tamaki met with Prime Minister Abe this morning and reiterated the Okinawan people’s opposition to Henoko relocation that was reflected in the results of the Feb. 24 referendum. The governor requested that the reclamation work in waters off Henoko be suspended for about a month in order for the Tokyo and Okinawa governments to engage in discussions. Although Abe agreed to hold talks, he asked for Tamaki’s understanding for the Futenma relocation plan. Tamaki told reporters after the meeting that he did not receive a clear answer from Abe to his request. He was quoted as saying: “We hope that they will stop the construction work in Henoko, which could end up resulting in the Futenma base remaining in its current location, and set a timeframe for dialogue. I would like to hear the government’s response as soon as possible.”

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