Regarding the Meeting Between Prime Minister Abe and Okinawa Governor Onaga
April 17, 2015
Happiness Realization Party
Today, the first meeting between Prime Minister Abe and Okinawa Governor Onaga was held. Prime Minister Abe asked for understanding on the relocation of the U.S. military base in Futenma, Okinawa to Henoko. Governor Onaga restated his opposition, hence the position between the two parties remain distant.
However, Governor Onaga’s position will only endanger Okinawa’s future. As China accelerates its plans for occupation of the Senkaku islands based on its increasing military force, it is essential that Japan accomplishes the relocation of the U.S. military base to Henoko and strengthens its ties with the U.S. to protect the freedom and peace of Okinawa and the nation.
Of course, we must understand the mixed feelings of the citizens of Okinawa on the U.S. military base. However, we cannot allow for the decision of one governor to endanger the whole nation of Japan. Diplomatic and security issues regarding the nation’s sovereignty is an exclusive matter for the central government. We request that Governor Onaga make a responsible decision to protect Okinawa’s freedom and that the Japanese government advance the relocation of the U.S. military base to Henoko.