Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Okinawa Governor suggests he will reject base relocation proposal

The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly began questioning the Okinawa Prefectural Government on September 26 for the September round of regular meetings. Four people asked questions on the first day. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stated that he will decide in December or beyond whether or not to grant approval of the application documents to reclaim land off Henoko in Nago. Nakaima said, “It will be a decision that fits in with the context of previous statements.” The Okinawa Defense Bureau has filed the application to the governor for permission to carry out the reclamation necessary to build a replacement base for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

To date, the governor has repeatedly stated that moving the base to Henoko would be difficult and that it should be relocated outside Okinawa. This new statement has caused ripples in that it implies a rejection of the base relocation plan.

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