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Okinawa governor calls on U.S. lawmakers to review Henoko project

  • October 19, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Saturday’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on Okinawa Governor Tamaki’s meetings with U.S. congressional members in Washington on Thursday. According to the papers, Tamaki held talks with Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Don Bacon (R-NE), who are members of a joint committee discussing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, which may include a provision on a review of the realignment of Marines. According to the papers, the governor told reporters afterward that he asked the U.S. lawmakers to include the base being built in Henoko in the review. However, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that although the U.S. politicians expressed interest in the governor’s briefing on Okinawa’s opposition to the Henoko project, one of them reportedly told Tamaki that he should talk to the Japanese government.

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