About 30 cars took part in a rally calling for the closure of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma in Okinawa over the weekend.
The rally, which took place on Saturday afternoon, drew about 60 people in 30 vehicles, the Okinawa Times reported.
At the rally, former Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha, who has long opposed the base, said last year's gubernatorial election showed that the Okinawan people want the Futenma base moved out of Okinawa rather than relocating it to Henoko.
New Gov Takeshi Onaga has promised to block Tokyo’s plan to relocate the base to Henoko.
Participants in the rally also protested the deployment of the Osprey aircraft which they say endanger residents in the densely populated area around the Futenma base.
Iha called on the central government to listen to the voices of the Okinawan people.© Japan Today