NHK's report: Governor Nakaima calls for removal of US military base out of Okinawa

From NHK's English website "Anti-US base rally held in Okinawa:"
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has called on the government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to move the US Futenma air station out of Okinawa.

Nakaima spoke at a massive rally in the village of Yomitan on Sunday. The participants called on the Japanese and US governments to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station out of Okinawa or overseas.

Nakaima said it is very unfair that US bases have remained in the prefecture long after the end of World War Two.

He said the issue does not only concern Okinawa, and he believes the enthusiasm shown at the rally will prompt both the Japanese and US governments to come up with an acceptable solution.

The 2 countries agreed in 2006 to move the Futenma air station from the crowded city of Ginowan to a coastal area near the US Camp Schwab in Nago, also in Okinawa.

The participants adopted a resolution demanding that the 2 governments give up relocating the base within Okinawa and move it out of the prefecture or overseas.


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