September 6, 2019 Ryukyu Shimpo
Kyotaro Nishimura and 13 other authors/members of the Mystery Writers of Japan, Inc., announced on September 6 that they have lodged an official letter of request with the Japanese government, calling for the discontinuation of the Henoko base construction, and its sincere engagement with Okinawa.
The letter was addressed to the Cabinet Secretariat Okinawa Liaison Office. Authors Akio Fukamachi and Fumie Kondo have also expressed their support.
“The current administration’s handling of the situation is bizarre; it has ignored the results of the referendum, has yet to stop the construction, and refuses to engage in talks.
” The comment refers to the results of the Okinawan prefectural referendum held in February, in which 72% of voters disapproved of the Henoko construction.
(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)