Naha assembly: Move Futenma away
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
NAHA, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) The municipal assembly of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, adopted a statement Monday calling for U.S. Marines Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to be relocated to another part of Japan or outside the country.
Such sentiment is predicted to spread to other municipalities following a large-scale convention against the relocation within the prefecture to be held Sunday.
The statement, addressed to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and the foreign and defense ministers, said the municipal assembly "demands the relocation (of the air station) outside the prefecture or abroad as early as possible to secure the security of Okinawa residents."