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Call for Action against Henoko Military Base Construction

People in Okinawa who wish to stop construction of the new base have fixed their eyes on the debate, and are encouraging Okinawa Governor Nakaima and the committee to urge the national government to revise the Henoko document.

They are enthusiastically calling on the SUPPORTERS AROUND THE WORLD to send a message of encouragement to Governor Nakaima and the committee office before DECEMBER 17th (MONDAY), Japan time.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
kouhou@pref.okinawa.lg.jp

The Okinawa Prefecture Environmental Impact Assessment Committee Office,
Okinawa Prefecture Cultural and Environmental Department, Environmental Policies Branch
tel: +81-98-866-2183
fax: +81-98-866-2240
email: aa025003@pref.okinawa.jp

Please read following information for detail...

Over the last several days, examination of the document on procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment of the new U.S. Marine Corps Air Station constructed by the Japanese government at coastal Henoko has reached a critical stage. The designated location of the base covers Oura Bay, a part of Henoko cape, and U.S. military Camp Schwab, and the base is to have two runways set in a V shape as well as other facilities.The examination committee affiliated with the Okinawa Governor will submit its response to the document by December 17th.

The Japanese government submitted the Henoko document to Okinawa Prefecture on August 9. Initially, the prefectural government and involved local leaders refused to accept the document in rejection of the national government plan on the grounds that the designated area is too close to residential areas. But they have now taken a seat at the negotiation table.

In response to the document, the examination committee sent as many as 76 questions regarding the flight path of military jets, training categories, the construction procedure plan and so on. However, answers from Ministry of Defense were vague as usual. The frustrated committee responded, "the government has clarified nothing" (Okinawa Times, December 11).

According to the World Conservation Union, constructing a new base at the planed area will threaten endangered species such as Dugong, the Okinawa woodpecker, and the Okinawa rail. [Please refer: http://www.iucn.jp/news/pdf/CGR3%20Rec032.pdf] Says Yoshikazu Makishi from Okinawa Dugong Network, "The key question is whether or not the committee will urge the government to rework this empty document."

People in Okinawa who wish to stop construction of the new base have fixed their eyes on the debate, and are encouraging Okinawa Governor Nakaima and the committee to urge the national government to revise the Henoko document.

They are enthusiastically calling on the supporters around world to send a message of encouragement to Governor Nakaima and the committee office before DECEMBER 17th (MONDAY), Japan time.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
kouhou@pref.okinawa.lg.jp

The Okinawa Prefecture Environmental Impact Assessment Committee Office,
Okinawa Prefecture Cultural and Environmental Department, Environmental Policies Branch
tel: +81-98-866-2183
fax: +81-98-866-2240
email: aa025003@pref.okinawa.jp

[message examples]

- The document on procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment of the new U.S. Marine Corps Air Station constructed by the Japanese government at coastal Henoko did not go through a proper public hearing process as required by Japanese environmental laws. I would like to request you to call for a public re-examination of the Henoko document.

- The Okinawa Prefecture Environmental Impact Assessment Committee claimed the national government responded vaguely to its 76 questions regarding the document on procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment of the new U.S. Marine Corps Air Station constructed by the Japanese government at coastal Henoko. I urge that the national government's response to the committee's 76 questions be made public.

- Accepting the flawed document on procedures for conducting an environmental impact assessment of the new U.S. Marine Corps Air Station constructed by the Japanese government at coastal Henoko will subvert the environmental assessment system, and will threaten Okinawa's environment for years. I would like to request you to urge the Japanese government to revise the Henoko document.

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Thank you,
Hikaru Kasahara (Asian Peace Alliance [APA] Japan)
and Project Disagree Okinawa