Thursday, April 4, 2013

Japanese Govt. Prevails Upon Okinawa Governor Over Shifting US Military Base

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga met Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday and sought support for the central government's policy of relocating a U.S. military base in the prefecture, Japanese media reported.

But Nakaima told the central government's top official during their meeting in Naha city that he wanted the airfield moved out of Okinawa rather than relocating it in another place in the same prefecture. He told Suga that it would take too long to build a replacement facility at Henoko district of Nago in the prefecture as planned by the central government.

The Japanese government last month had applied to Okinawa for permission to reclaim a sparsely populated coastal area of Henoko to build a replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station now located in the densely populated area of Ginowan city in Okinawa.

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