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Okinawa governor to visit U.S.

  • September 26, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times reported the Okinawa Prefectural Government announced on Wednesday that Governor Tamaki will visit the United States from Oct. 14 through 20 to convey the Okinawan people’s opposition to “the construction of a new base at Henoko.” This will be his second trip to the United States as governor following his first visit in November last year. The paper speculated that the governor is arranging the visit in response to the Congress’s inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 of a provision calling on the Department of Defense to review its plan to redistribute U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific. Tamaki has said that he wants to ask the U.S. to include the Henoko plan in its review of the planned transfer of Marines from Okinawa. The governor is also planning to visit San Francisco for discussions with experts there. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report.

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