Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki addressing reporters with a stern expression regarding land reclamation at Henoko. December 14, Okinawa Prefectural Office
December 14, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition
In reaction to the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) starting land reclamation in the water off the coast of Henoko, Nago as part of new U.S. military base construction December 14, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki gave remarks to reporters at the Okinawa Prefectural Office the same morning, stating, “I cannot help but feel intense indignation.”
Governor Tamaki emphatically stated, “Yesterday I met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya, and petitioned them to stop land reclamation. Despite this however, the construction continues as planned in complete disregard of the will of the Okinawan people, and I cannot help but feel intense indignation.”
Governor Tamaki has called a board meeting to discuss how his office will respond.
The governor is also exploring the possibility of entering Henoko himself.
(English translation T&CT and Sam Grieb)