On Sept. 25, a Diet group composed of opposition party members to discuss issues related to U.S. bases in Okinawa and other parts of Japan (chaired by Lower House member Shoichi Kondo) visited the Okinawa prefectural office to talk with Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki and Vice Governor Kichiiro Jahana about problems concerning the U.S. military bases. The group members confirmed that they will work closely with Tamaki, who is working to convey public opposition to the construction of a new facility in the Henoko district of Nago City through nationwide “caravan” town hall meetings and visits to the U.S.
The meeting was closed to the press. The opposition party lawmakers discussed with Tamaki and Jahana the lawsuit over the decision by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to revoke Okinawa’s rescindment of the landfill permit in Henoko, the U.S. National Defense Authorization bill to discuss reviewing the alignment of U.S. Marines, and the deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force unit to Miyakojima City.
Kondo told reporters after the meeting: “Governor Tamaki is holding nationwide ‘caravan’ town hall meetings, and we want to cooperate with him in our respective constituencies. Our group also wants to consider visiting the U.S.” (Abridged)