Oral Statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council by the governor of Okinawa
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am Takeshi Onaga, governor of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
I would like the world to pay attention to Henoko where Okinawans’ right to self-determination is being neglected.
After World War Two, the U.S. Military took our land by force,and constructed military bases in Okinawa.
We have never provided our land willingly.
Okinawa covers only 0.6% of Japan.
However, 73.8% of U.S. exclusive bases in Japan exist in Okinawa.
Over the past seventy years, U.S. bases have caused many incidents, accidents, and environmental problems in Okinawa.
Our right to self-determination and human rights have been neglected.
Can a country share values such as freedom, equality, human rights, and democracy with other nations when that country cannot guarantee those values for its own people?
Now, the Japanese government is about to go ahead with a new base construction at Henoko by reclaiming our beautiful ocean ignoring the people’s will expressed in all Okinawan
elections last year.
I am determined to stop the new base construction using every possible and legitimate means.
Thank you very much for this chance to talk here today.