Could Okinawa referendum on US base ignite independence debate?

On July 30, a landmark was reached in Okinawa’s long history of anti-US base activism. Amid discord over the construction of the new Futenma military facility on Okinawa at Oura Bay in Henoko, a petition started by the Henoko Okinawan Resident Vote Assembly accumulated 100,799 signatures on the 30th, demanding an Okinawa-wide referendum on the subject. That number of signatures far exceeds […]