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Major Rally Held in Okinawa to Oppose U.S. Base Relocation
Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--A major rally was held in Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday to display opposition to the ongoing project to build a new U.S. military facility in the Henoko coastal area of Nago in the southern Japan prefecture.
The event was also aimed to show support for Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga's filing of a lawsuit against the central government to block the construction of the new facility to take over the heliport functions of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air base in the center of Ginowan, also Okinawa.
The rally in the prefectural capital of Naha was attended by 45,000 people, according to a civil group that organized it.
During the event, the participants adopted a declaration expressing their resolve to prevent a new base from being built in Henoko.
Separately in a resolution, they demanded a flight ban on U.S. Osprey tilt-rotor military aircraft following a fatal crash off Australia on Aug. 5 of an Osprey transporter that belonged to the Futenma base, as well as the cancellation of the Osprey deployment in Futenma.