Okinawans Demand Their Vote against U.S. Base Be Respected

Politics Society

Naha, Okinawa Pref., March 16 (Jiji Press)--A major rally was held in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday to show local residents' opposition, indicated in the Feb. 24 referendum, to a planned U.S. base in the Henoko coastal area in the city of Nago in the southern Japan prefecture.

Participants in the rally adopted a resolution demanding that the overwhelming referendum result be respected, that the ongoing landfill work at Henoko be stopped and that the new base plan be canceled immediately.

The rally was joined by some 10,000 people, according to its organizer, the "All Okinawa" council.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki was absent from the event, but his message was read out by Kiichiro Jahana, deputy governor. The message showed the governor's "unwavering" resolve to "fight until the Japanese and U.S. governments give up on the construction of the Henoko base."

Tamaki also reiterated the prefecture's request for three-way talks with both governments on the matter.

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