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Brian May seeks to halt base transfer

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Brian May, guitarist of legendary British rock group Queen and also an astrophysicist, has called via social media for signatures for a petition seeking a halt to work to transfer a U.S. military base within Okinawa Prefecture.

May, 71, said on Twitter, “Last chance to sign a petition to stop the destruction of an irreplaceable coral reef in Okinawa.”

He also said, “Please sign this petition to save a beautiful coral reef and irreplaceable eco-system, threatened by USA extending an airbase.”

By around noon Monday, the messages had received around 8,000 retweets.

The petition, created on a White House website in December last year, urges the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to stop landfill work off the Henoko coastal district in Nago, Okinawa, in the controversial base relocation project until a referendum on the relocation is held in the prefecture on Feb. 24.

Under the project, based on a Tokyo-Washington agreement, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma air base, currently in a densely populated district in Ginowan, Okinawa, will move to a replacement facility to be built off Henoko.

The petition seeks signatures through Monday. The number of signatures collected has surpassed 184,000.Speech

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