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Okinawa governor will use all means to stop US base transfer

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Staff Writer | Friday November 9, 2018 2:51PM ET
Denny Tamaki
Asia   Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki

The governor of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, said on Friday that he will exhaust all legal resources at his disposal to prevent the transfer of a US base in that territory.

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We will not yield in our efforts to stop the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to a less populated area of the same province, Tamaki said at a conference in Tokyo on Friday.

During his meeting last October with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tamaki conveyed to the head of State and other high officials the discontent of his people with plans to move the military enclave, and urged to resolve the dispute through dialogue instead of legal battles.

However, last week, the Ministry of Land rejected a measure by the prefecture that prevented the construction of the instalation and the Abe government resumed the works.

According to the governor, the central executive of Tokyo needs the consent from Okinawa's local authorities to continue the works in the new location of the base, paralyzed for many months but recently resumed.

Okinawa not only opposes the project to relocate the station, but also the presence of US troops on the island, Tamaki was quoted as saying by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

We ask the governments of the United States and Japan to look for ways to reduce the burden represented by the bases for the region, the politician added.

Precisely, the governor of Okinawa will travel to Washington D.C. and New York next week to discuss with the North American authorities on the subject in question.

I will meet with representatives of the administration and members of Congress and I will take the voice of the Okinawans, they have the responsibility to listen to us, Tamaki said.


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