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Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 15:00 - 16:00

Open letter to President Obama opposing Okinawa helipad construction

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation



The construction of helipads in the US Marine Corps northern training area in Kunigami village and Higashi village in Okinawa has highlighted the burden the island continues to bear in hosting US military forces based in Japan.

As local residents continue to oppose the helipads, pressure groups are urging the governments of the US and Japan to abandon the project.

They say the helipads will bring greater disruption to the lives of local people and result in the destruction of sections of Yanbaru forest, a national park covering large parts of northern Okinawa.

In an open letter, campaigners have urged President Obama to cancel construction work. The letter has been endorsed by more than 100 prominent people in Japan, including members of the Diet, scholars, celebrities, and 23 organisations.

Hiroko Mizuguchi lives in Uchinada, Ishikawa prefecture, the scene of a campaign opposing military base construction in the 1950s. Kanna Mitsuta is board of director for Friends of the Earth International Japan (FoE), and Akino Miyagi is a butterfly researcher who lives in Okinawa.


Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Hiroko Mizuguchi              Kanna Mitsuta             Akino Miyagi



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