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Mass protest planned to oppose Henoko project

Date Posted: 2009-10-15

Okinawa Prefecture Assembly members want to hold a mass rally November 8th to protest the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station relocation to the Henoko area off Camp Schwab.

The Assembly members, mostly Democratic Party of Japan politicians opposed to Governor Hirokazu Nakaima’s support for the airfield relocation project, say “the mass meeting is for abolishing the plan to make a new airfield.” They predict upwards of 20,000-30,000 will participate in the day-long rally at Ginowan City’s Kaihin Park outdoor theater and the adjacent park.

The November 8th date was chosen in advance of U.S. President Barack Obama’s November 12th and 13th Japan visit, so they can make sure both Yukio Hatoyama, the Prime Minister, and Obama understand their unhappiness over the planned airfield. DPJ politicians are urging Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito members to participate, although initial signals from the now-opposition parties are disapproving of the rally.

Workers’ unions, citizens’ peace groups, House of Representatives members, and 26 opposition members of the Assembly, plus Shokichi Kina, Denny Tamaki, Chobin Zukeran, Tokunobu Yamauchi, Mikio Shimoji, Seiken Akamine, and Keiko Itokazu are being invited. “All Okinawan people should attend,” the DPJ leaders say, “not only opposition parties, but the LDP and other groups, too.”


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