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Urasoe City citizens establish group opposing Military Port transfer

Date Posted: 1998-12-25

A group of citizens in Urasoe City announced the formation of a group, Tuesday, to oppose the planned transfer of the Naha Military Port to a location in Urasoe City.

The group is planning to make their opposition to the plan clear to Okinawa’s new governor, Keiichi Inamine, and the mayor of Urasoe City. The move of the port has been in the works nearly 20 years, and got a boost recently when Urasoe Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided to support the plan. Moving the port from its current location next to the Naha domestic airport is a precondition for the agreed upon return of the port in Naha. Urasoe plan calls for building the port on reclaimed land off Camp Kinser.

In a ceremony establishing the group, the chairman of the group, Genkou Toyama, said that the main reason for their opposition is that they believe the new military port in Urasoe could become a permanent U.S. military base on Okinawa.

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