Resolution 2020-03 Call for a DoD review of the Henoko Base Project, Okinawa

PASSED: Y-432, N-5

Whereas, the Subcommittee on Readiness of the US House Armed Services Committee included in FY21 NDAA words directing "the Secretary of Defense to provide a report to the House Committee on Armed Services, not later than December 1, 2020, on the Futenma Replacement Facility"; and

Whereas, this means that the reports on that subject required by FY20 NDAA were considered inadequate by the Subcommittee, and

Whereas, the issues raised by the Subcommittee were first raised by the Okinawans, whose lives they affect, and

Whereas, while the Subcommittee's call for a rethinking of the Futenma Replacement Facility Project was dropped, still the words of that call represent genuine concerns both of the Subcommittee and of the Okinawan people, concerns which cannot be resolved by arranging not to know about them,

Therefore be it resolved that VFP supports the Subcommittee's demand that the Secretary of Defense take these issues seriously, and give answers, and

Be it further resolved that VFP requests the Subcommittee to make the Secretary's answers available to the Okinawans, and

If Congress has decided, in light of this report, to continue with the Henoko Project, VFP calls on it to explain on what reasoning the issues raised by the Okinawans were answered; those issues including: 1) Construction is already damaging the corals of Oura Bay, and further endangering the already endangered Dugong; 2) There really are two active earthquake faults beneath the site; 3) The unstable sea bottom means the airstrip will crack and sink (cf. Kansai International); 4) The site violates DoD height limits; 5)

The facility (proposed 1996) won't become usable until the 2030s (some say '40s, others, never); 6) The Okinawa Defense Bureau hasn't been (including for DoD) an honest information source; 7) Okinawans understand this project as structural discrimination.


Submitted by: VFP Member Doug Lummis, endorsed by Okinawa Chapter

Board and Committee:

Resolutions Committee Recommendation:  Appropriate and Approved
Board of Directors Recommendation:  Appropriate and Approved

Convention Floor Vote:

Pro: 153 No: 0 Abstain:8


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