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SOFA revisions target of New Okinawa organization

Date Posted: 2004-04-29

Two prominent Okinawans have been elected to key positions of a new group wanting to change the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.

Former Naha City Mayor Yasuhiro Oyadomari and former vice governor Dr. Miko Higa were elected to represent the Board of Directors of “The Non-Governmental Organization that will Materialize the Revision of the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement.” Higa is now president of Busena Resort. Their goal is to coordinate the activities of some 1,000 members in revising the omnibus document.

They contend Okinawa’s citizens are best qualified to know what the SOFA issue are. They say it’s important that environmental issues and others be resolved now, and not left for the next generation to deal with.

More than 120 people joined the meetings, which also saw election of scolars, business people and attorneys elected to 18 executive board positions. Former Okianwa Bar Association Chairman Tsutomu Arakaki was chosen as the Secretary.

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