Film director Hayao Miyazaki, 74, and journalist Shuntaro Torigoe, 75, will head a fund opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa Prefecture, it has been learned.
A source with the fund released the news, and an announcement is to be made on May 8.
"Both Miyazaki and Torigoe are people continuing to put out messages of peace, and both have influence not only in Japan but around the world," the source said.
Also on May 8, Miyazaki released a comment stating, "I felt that I had to support the people of Okinawa, if they have this kind of determination (to oppose the base)."
The base is planned to be relocated from Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture to Henoko, in the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. The fund was set up in April this year by Okinawan business people and former heads of government, and runs advertisements for its cause in Japan and the United States, among other activities. As of April 30, it had collected 119.15 million yen in donations.