Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Okinawans elect 4 Henoko-aligned MPs to the National Diet; Displays of Peace Banners Multiplying in Henoko

From Right to Left: Toshinobu Nakazato, former chairman of the Okinawan Prefectural Assembly;
 Denny Tamaki (District 3 which includes Henoko), reelected for his 3rd term; 
Kantoku Teruya, reelected for his 5th term;and 14-year incumbent MP Seiken Akamine,
meet with Henoko residents at Sit-In.  (Photo: Takayuki Jyouma)

"Newly elected House of Representatives members report their victories to residents’ sit-in at Henoko," via Ryukyu Shimpo, one of Okinawa's two major dailies:
[Kantoku] Teruya, who was elected in the 2nd district in which many U.S. military bases are concentrated, stated, “We are facing a situation in which the Abe administration is changing the Peace Constitution, and that it is driving Japan at breakneck speed to once again become a war nation. I want to fight against the Abe administration with you.”

[Denny] Tamaki, who was elected in the 3rd district which includes Henoko, Nago, declared, “For the last two years, I have realized that we can persuade the governments of Japan and the United States, if we follow-through and do what we must. With pride, we are striving to solve the Henoko issue with Govenor Takashi Onaga, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, Nago citizens and all Okinawan people.”

Hiroshi Ashitomi, co-representative of the Helicopter Base Objection Association, said, “I feel an aura coming from the four representatives. We will support them in their efforts to convey the voices of the people of Okinawa to people across the country.”

Peace Banners Proliferating throughout Henoko and Okinawa. 
(Photos: Okinawa Prefectural Peace Committee) 

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