Naha, Okinawa, Ryukyu - Ryukyuans and friends are outraged over recent comments by Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Suga recently stated his belief that "the people of Okinawa are coming to an understanding" regarding the construction of the new military base at Henoko, Okinawa. This is despite Okinawan's decades-long resistance to the base.
In February 2019 the people of Okinawa Prefecture voted overwhelmingly against the base, with over 70% of the population voting 'no' and another 9% voting undecided. A petition calling for a stop to the construction started by Peace For Okinawa Coalition President Rob Kajiwara has garnered over 212,000 signatures on it.
Ryukyu independence activist and YouTuber Yuzo Takayama likened Suga's comments to "a stalker who is constantly rejected, but still tries to reinterpret the rejections in a manner favorable to himself."