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Okinawa governor meets with U.S. lawmakers

  • October 18, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported on Okinawa Governor Tamaki’s meetings with three U.S. congressional members in Washington on Wednesday. According to the papers, Tamaki held talks with Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Representatives Brian Mast (R-FL) and Ed Case (D-HI), and a Congressional Research Service analyst, during which he called for a review of the ongoing FRF construction at Henoko. Okinawa Times speculated that the governor decided to visit Washington in response to the inclusion of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 which calls on the Department of Defense to review its plan for the realignment of Marine assets in the Indo-Pacific. However, the papers wrote that none of the politicians Tamaki met with are directly involved in congressional discussions on the annual defense legislation. Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. lawmakers did not respond positively to the governor’s call for reviewing the Henoko project.


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