Okinawa Holds Funeral for Late Gov. Onaga

Politics Society

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Some 3,000 people attended a prefectural funeral for the late Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga in Naha, the capital of the southernmost Japan prefecture, on Tuesday.

Onaga, who died of cancer at the age of 67 on Aug. 8, was a staunch opponent of the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa, to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, another Okinawa city.

The late governor "upheld the wills of Okinawa residents while confronting with the state, and won the understanding of many locals," new Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said in a speech at the funeral, held at a prefectural martial arts arena.

"We'll take over your wishes and unite to continue efforts to pass down a peaceful, wealthy and honorable Okinawa to children and young people," said Tamaki, who served as head of a committee to arrange the funeral.

Onaga repeatedly demanded that the Futenma base be moved out of Okinawa.

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