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Opposition continues demands Governor Nakaima not go to U.S.

Date Posted: 2008-12-11

A committee group opposing plans to relocate Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to Henoko, together with three representative groups, have delivered a petition to the Prefecture’s opposition party asking that the prefecture governor’s trip to America be blocked.

Representative Teruo Onishi led the group visit to government offices, asking that funding for Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s planned visit to the U.S. be blocked, “because we don’t believe the governor when he says he won’t talk about transferring Futenma.” Opposition groups say they do want the governor to talk to American officials about “reducing American military bases from Okinawa.”

The governor’s Liberal Democratic Party has told the Assembly the money needs to be in the budget, “so the American and Japanese relationship and negotiations will not become strained.” Officials say “we need to set the governor’s traveling fees in the budget,” but opposition party members say they’re not thinking the same way.

“We’ve not even decided about funding our staff yet,” says an opposition lawmaker, “so we should not lose the money” by allocating any to the governor’s office for a U.S. visit.”

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