Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
To mark this day, US for OKINAWA and Peace Boat made a big, beautiful heart-shaped chocolate cake for Prime Minister Hatoyama that said "We love you for listening to the people of Okinawa, and for building peace, not bases in East Asia."
Today, a group of members of US for Okinawa and Peace Boat visited the Prime Minister's official residence to deliver the cake in person, along with a letter and statement. Matsuno Yorihisa, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, received the cake on behalf of the Prime Minister and listened to our statement (a slightly altered version of what's written below).
The event was covered heavily by press, and members were interviewed on why we believe Futenma should be closed, why we are opposed to new construction in Henoko, and that we appreciate the Prime Minister's focus on building peace rather than bases in East Asia.
After the meeting with Mr Matsuno, the press again took statements from the group, and expressed great in our point of view.
More photos from the event can be seen on the US for Okinawa facebook group here (accessible even without a Facebook account).