Okinawa Prefecture Governor Yucheng Danny told the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on March 1 that the 70% Okinawa people voted against the relocation of the US military Futenma base to the border town, asking the government to stop the construction of the new base and seek to establish Okinawa and the Japanese and US governments. Dialogue mechanism.
[Okinawa public opinion]
On the 1st, Yucheng met with Abe in Tokyo, Japan, to inform the people of Okinawa about the results of the referendum on the relocation of the US military’s Futenma base in Japan. According to the results of the referendum on February 24, 72.2% of the Okinawa people opposed the relocation of the Futenma base to the border town.
Yucheng said that this is the first time that the public opinion has been clearly stated. “The (Okinawa) people hope that (the government) will give up the relocation of the US-based Futenma base to the border town, which is very important.”
He asked the Japanese government to “immediately” stop the construction of the ancient coastal areas of the border and seek to establish a tripartite dialogue mechanism between Okinawa and the Japanese and US governments. He did not specifically explain what the tripartite dialogue would discuss and stressed the need to respect public opinion.
On the same day, Yucheng went to the US Embassy in Japan to meet with Joseph Young, the chief ambassador to Japan. Joseph Young said that he would inform the US ambassador to Japan, William Hagatti, of the results of the referendum on the relocation of the US military base in Okinawa.
The Associated Press reported that Yucheng wrote to US President Donald Trump about the results of the February 24 referendum.
[The government does not respond]
Yucheng told reporters that Abe did not respond directly to his request and was willing to continue to talk to him.
Abe said that the government seriously takes the results of the referendum of the Okinawa people and will gradually take measures to reduce the burden on the base of the Okinawa Prefecture.
The Japanese government previously said that it does not intend to stop construction in the area along the ancient border of the border. Construction will continue regardless of the results of the referendum. Under the premise of not affecting the Japan-US Security Alliance, relocation is the “only solution” to eliminate the danger of the Futenma air base.
Regarding the tripartite dialogue mechanism proposed by Yucheng, the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yushiro Nozomi has a negative attitude. He said at a press conference later on March 1 that negotiations with the US government should be the responsibility of the Japanese government.
The US Marine Corps Futenma Air Force Base is located in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture, close to residential areas and has been criticized. The Japanese and US governments previously agreed to relocate this base to the border area, and the Okinawa people strongly opposed it. The people of Okinawa hope that the US military base stationed in Japan will completely move out of Okinawa.