Governor Tamaki asks new LDP President Suga for opportunity to “resolve through dialogue” the Henoko base issue etc.
September 14, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition
On the afternoon of September 14, Okinawa’s Governor Denny Tamaki stated, regarding the election of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party, “The new President Suga prides himself on having worked hard to reduce the burden of bases on Okinawa as a person in charge of base burden reduction. I hope to see him continue to work for a realistic reduction of the base burden, and also to sincerely grapple with the problems faced by us here in Okinawa like the elimination of the dangers posed by Futenma Air Station, which has long been of great concern, and the new base construction in Henoko, and to make active efforts to arrange an opportunity to resolve the problems through dialogue.”
Regarding Suga’s election as the new president, Governor Tamaki stated, “first, I would like to offer him my heartfelt congratulations. I believe he was selected as president with high expectations because of all of his efforts up until now in his important roles in government as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Chief Cabinet Secretary and his experience, knowledge, and close familiarity with policy.” He then stated, “I would like to express my hopes that [Suga] will work hard” to get the country back on its feet while being faced with challenges in many areas such as the citizens’ daily lives, the economy, education, and medicine which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
(English translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza) Okinawa’s Governor Denny Tamaki commenting on Yoshihide Suga, the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party, on September 14