The government may apply early next month for permission from Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima for landfill work required for the planned relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, officials said Saturday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed at their summit Friday at the White House that the Futenma base will be moved without delay to the Henoko coastal area of Nago from the crowed city of Ginowan, in line with the current bilateral plan.
“A further delay of the facility’s relocation would wear out the patience of the United States,” a senior government official said in Tokyo.
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Comment: Wear out the patience of the US??? What about the patience of the Okinawan people? That's been worn out since the Satsuma invasion of 1609!
On the flip side, Abe has given El-presidente of Ustates Unitas or the Obama-Nation of Desolation as I like to call him, his assurances. That sounds comforting, NOT! What sounds disturbing about this is found midway down the article where Governor Nakaima has said he will not block the application process but added that there is no way he is going to approve it. That makes me think that Abe will circumvent this and make it happen. That allows the base to get built and Nakaima to keep his promise. If old Hamlet were here, he might put it this way, "Something is rotten in Naha!" You can substitute Tokyo or Washington for Naha and it would be just as correct!