Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ministry files to start work on Futenma's replacement - The Japan Times

The Defense Ministry submitted an application Friday to Okinawa for land reclamation to build a replacement U.S. air base, a senior prefectural official said.

The central government thus took the first specific step to move forward its agreement with Washington to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

But there is no likelihood that the application will be accepted, as Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima as well as many other local leaders and residents have been urging Tokyo and Washington to close Futenma and build its replacement somewhere outside the prefecture. The land reclamation is for the coastal area of Henoko in the city of Nago.

“The relocation to Henoko will effectively be impossible,” Nakaima said earlier. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine has also objected to the new base.

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Comment: So, after almost 17 years of getting nowhere, Tokyo finally got around to submitting the paperwork to begin the project and both the governor and mayor said no! Essentially, this means we've gone nowhere! And this is news??? If a couple of Okinawan beauties like Nakama Yukie or Ueta Aya had presented this proposal to the governor in the buff, that would be news! The news wouldn't be that they presented it, but rather the way they presented it. Anyone (from a guy's perspective that is) who wouldn't want to see these two very well known and extremely beautiful Japanese actresses in their birthday suits is out of their freaking minds. Until something revealing like that actually happens, I'm sorry to disappoint you or hurt your feelings but, there's no story here...

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