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Okinawa leader meets with members of Congress

  • October 22, 2019
  • , Asahi
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Asahi carried a prominent inside-page article on Tuesday regarding Okinawa Governor Tamaki’s visit to the U.S. last week, noting that he met with a total of 10 senators and representatives in Washington with the goal of conveying strong local opposition to the FRF construction off Camp Schwab amid ongoing deliberations on Capitol Hill on the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The Okinawa leader reportedly attached importance to meeting with members of Congress who have a say in the defense budget, since USG officials have been steadfast in moving forward with the realignment plan. Tamaki reportedly explained to the lawmakers the problems associated with the relocation project, such as the soft seabed in the vicinity. According to the governor, their reactions to his plea for a review of the initiative were mixed. 

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