Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A tale of two islands - The Mainichi Daily News

Since 1996, Japan has dawdled on fulfilling its obligations to move a U.S. Marine Corps air unit from Futenma Air Station to an alternative location on Okinawa. Successive Japanese administrations of both major parties have failed to make headway on implementing the agreement.

Japanese foot-dragging has had serious consequences, exacerbating local resistance to the plan and severely straining Japan's bilateral alliance with the United States, particularly after the Democratic Party of Japan assumed office in 2009.

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