US Military Bases in Okinawa and the Japan-US Relationship,--An Afternoon with Susumu INAMINE, Mayor of Nago City, Okinawa (NY Event)
Seventy years after World War II, Okinawa, devastated as a battleground in the Pacific War (1941-45), continues to be occupied by the US military, mostly marine bases, which pose threats to safety, health, and life of people and the environment. Despite steadfast opposition by the majority of the people in Okinawa, the US and Japanese governments are forcing through their plan to build yet another marine airbase with a military port. The massive reclamation required would damage the endangered bio-diverse environment of the northeastern shore. Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City, site of the planned base construction, was first elected in 2010 and re-elected this January, both times on a platform of opposition to the new base. This is his second visit to the United States to lobby with policymakers and to raise awareness in the United States to support his appeal. Please join Mayor Inamine and a panel of experts to discuss the critical issue.
12:30 Door opens (Light refreshments will be served.)
13:00 – 15:00
Introduction, followed by Mayor Inamine’s presentation
“No New Base Will be Allowed in My City, Whether on Land or Sea”
Comments and discussion by:
Mark Selden, Coordinator of Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Steve Rabson, Emeritus Professor of Brown University Followed by Questions and Answers
Organized by: New Diplomacy Initiative (ND)Sponsored by: The Action for Justice Committee of Community Church, Nago City,Peace Philosophy CentreInquiry: New Diplomacy Initiative, New York, Akifumi Matsuzaki firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Inamine’s visit to New York and Washington DC is coordinated by the New Diplomacy Initiative (http://www.nd-initiative.org/).
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28 East 35 Street (between Madison and Park Avenues), NYC