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Business Leaders Urge Steps to Preserve Clean Environment

Date Posted: 2001-02-02

Okinawan business leaders representing the Okinawa Prefecture Economic Association, have delivered a letter to Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine, urging the prefecture to enact legislation that guarantees a clean and trash-free environment.

In the letter the association members stated that since Okinawa is rapidly developing into an international resort area, steps should be taken to keep the environment and public facilities clean.

As for the means to ensure that the public takes clean environment to its heart, the signers urge the prefecture assembly to write up a set of offences and penalties that would apply to offenders. Specifically, the burden should not rest solely on local residents but also tourists who are found to be littering and violating the statutes should pay a penalty.

The letter also urges the prefecture to take further steps to ensure that empty cans, bottles and waste paper are effectively recycled.

“Every Okinawan resident has a stake in keeping our island beautiful. It’s a matter of our future prosperity. That’s why we must take our environment seriously,” the letter concluded.

Receiving the letter, Governor Inamine agreed. “We need a beautiful environment. I intend to start preparing the rules as soon as possible,” the governor promised.

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