Ok­i­nawa de­mands with­drawal of US Marines

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

TOKYO,—The Ok­i­nawa pre­fec­tural par­lia­ment passed a res­o­lu­tion Thurs­day, protest­ing against the mur­der of a 20year-old lo­cal woman by a U.S. mil­i­tary-af­fil­i­ated civil­ian and de­mand­ing the with­drawal of U.S. Marines from the south­ern­most is­land pre­fec­ture.

The res­o­lu­tion, to­gether with a state­ment is­sued by the par­lia­ment, also re­quired a thor­ough re­vi­sion of the Ja­pan-U.S. Sta­tus of Forces Agree­ment (SOFA) which de­fines the le­gal sta­tus of U.S. base per­son­nel in Ja­pan, aban­don­ment of the plan to re­lo­cate Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Futenma base within the pre­fec­ture and scal­ing down of the U.S. bases. The res­o­lu­tion and the state­ment were sub­mit­ted by the Ja­panese Com­mu­nist Party and the So­cial Demo­cratic Party that con­trol the Ok­i­nawa par­lia­ment, and won sup­port from the Ok­i­nawa branch of the Komeito party. The op­po­si­tion Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party was ab­sent when the res­o­lu­tion and the state­ment were put to vote in the pre­fec­tural par­lia­ment. Many mu­nic­i­pal par­lia­ments in Ok­i­nawa have passed sim­i­lar protest res­o­lu­tions, de­mand­ing the Ja­panese and U.S. gov­ern­ments to come up with fun­da­men­tal mea­sures to pre­vent lo­cal res­i­dents in Ok­i­nawa from be­ing hurt again by the U.S. army.— Xin­hua

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