February 7, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On the afternoon of February 7, Governor Takeshi Onaga strongly criticized the Okinawa Bureau of the Defense Ministry for dumping concrete blocks into the sea off Henoko, Nago despite his request to stop it.
The governor said, “I made a request that they (Okinawa Defense Bureau) not install [the concrete blocks into the sea]. I am filled with indignation because they took action like this without any advance consultation.”
He revealed that he would resend the document to the Okinawa Defense Bureau asking them to stop dumping the concrete blocks and provide a silt-curtain establishment plan.
Onaga said: “If the government forces through the construction work, Okinawan people’s growing emotion opposing it will turn into a protest against all U.S. military troops. I can easily imagine that it will become difficult to operate the military bases in Okinawa. Furthermore, it will lead to future trouble for Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements.”
(English translation by T&CT)