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Why Do We Oppose the Relocation to Henoko?

①The concentration of U.S. bases imposes an excessive burden on Okinawa.

As many as 71% of the U.S. military facilities exclusively used by the U.S. Forces in Japan are located in Okinawa, which accounts for only 0.6% of the total land mass of Japan, and remain in use for 71 years after WWII. We cannot accept the construction of a new base at Henoko because that will make the excessive base hosting burden on Okinawa as well as the disparity of the burden within the nation permanent.

②The precious natural environment around Henoko and Oura Bay should be preserved.

Over 5,800 species of creatures, including 262 endangered species, are confirmed to exist in the waters of Henoko and Oura Bay. The number of species there exceeds the number in the World Natural Heritage sites in Japan. It is our responsibility to preserve our proud, rich natural heritage for our children and grandchildren.

③Many unidentified species are endangered at Henoko and Oura Bay.

Among about 5,800 species of marine creatures, as many as about 1,300 species are unidentified, many of which are highly likely to be new species. It runs against the international trend of biodiversity conservation that the Japanese government moves ahead with the construction of a new base without doing academic surveys or without taking any protective measures.

④The majority of Okinawan people are against the construction of a new base at Henoko.

The public will of Okinawan people opposing relocation to Henoko was demonstrated in a series of elections in 2014, namely, for Nago mayor, Okinawa governor, and diet members of the Lower House, and also in 2016, for Okinawa Prefectural Assembly members, and diet members of the Upper House. The Japan-U.S. security arrangements will leave a major problem unresolved if the Henoko relocation, which cannot garner the understanding of Okinawan people, is forcibly implemented.