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American journalist covers Okinawa people’s rally for Public Radio International broadcast

American journalist covers Okinawa people's rally for Public Radio International broadcast

Sonia Narang

March 24, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
By Chie Tome

An American journalist, 37-year-old Sonia Narang, attended the prefectural people's rally on March 25 opposing the construction of a replacement facility to Futenma Air Station in Henoko, Nago. Narang is investigating and reporting on the reality of U.S. military bases in Okinawa and the influence of women in today's world. When she came to the front of Camp Schwab's gate, she said that she wants to hear in person what the women at the front lines of the struggle have to say.

Okinawa military base issues get only negligible coverage by leading U.S. newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Given that the U.S. is involved in the problems, the lack of American interest in these issues is worrisome. Narang said that there seem to be arguments for and against the base presence in Okinawa, as well as ignorance of it, but the worst of all is when people turn a blind eye.

Narang said that her self-assigned mission is to report extensively on the realities of the world. She plans to share the information and testimony she collected on her visit to Okinawa and Camp Schwab's gate on Public Radio International's program The World.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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