Saturday, October 21, 2017

Make Okinawa US military bases an issue in the general election! ~ press conference of citizen supporters on the day after the US military helicopter accident in Okinawa

A press conference, “Urgent appeal from citizen supporters ~ make Futemma and Henoko bases an issue in the general election!”, was held on Oct. 12 at the Hall of House of Councilors in Tokyo. The atmosphere was tense because a US military helicopter had crashed in a farm of Takae in Higashison, Okinawa, just the day before. In front of the Diet Building, there were people sitting with the “Okinawa Times” in their hands with reports of the helicopter accident. One, who was visibly angry, told us, “While the consumption tax becomes the point of election campaign, no discussion is made on how much we spend for military expenses or how much we waste for the riot police to construct the US military helipad at Takae. We would be able to manage without raising the consumption tax rate.” At the conference, KAWANA Mari, a member of the group “Citizens Against Anti-Okinawa Media”, announced, “Yesterday, we submitted to the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan a request asking them to take on the review of the construction of a new US military base in Henoko.”    (MIYUKI Emi)



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