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Governor Tamaki doesn’t call for cancellation of FRF construction at Henoko at Irei no Hi Ceremony

  • June 24, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo ran extensive reports on the ceremony for the “Irei no Hi” Okinawa Memorial Day on Wednesday that was held at the Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman. In a peace declaration delivered at the ceremony, Governor Tamaki called on the U.S. and Japanese governments to make efforts to reduce the base-hosting burden on Okinawa in a visible way and not to insist on the idea that Henoko is the only option. The papers wrote that the governor did not explicitly call for the cancellation of the ongoing construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility at Henoko, pointing out that this was the second year for Tamaki not to call for cancellation. Okinawa Times wrote that Tamaki told reporters after the ceremony that he used language that would be acceptable for a wide range of people, including children, the elderly, and people outside Okinawa, and would not provoke conflict in the hope that his peace declaration would touch the hearts of these people. A prefectural assembly member told the paper that the governor failed to express his determination not to accept the base-hosting burden.

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