Thursday, October 31, 2013

U.S. air refueling aircraft to move to Iwakuni from Futenma | GlobalPost

Japan and the United States have agreed to move all of the 15 U.S. military aerial refueling tankers at a U.S base in Okinawa to one in western Japan in mid-2014, senior officials said Wednesday.

Senior Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi and Parliamentary Defense Secretary Minoru Kihara reported to Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda about the transfer of the KC-130 tankers to the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture from the Futenma Air Station in Okinawa between next June and September.

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Comment: With the KC-130's going to Iwakuni, if what they're reporting is true, why then (pray tell) do they need to fill in the bay to make those big runways? Put another way, if they really wanted to lessen the burden on the Okinawan people like they say they do (hint: they don't but, lets just suppose for the sake of argument that they do), why not just build a big Heliport at Camp Schwab instead of the monstrosity that they have planned? It'll save everyone tons of money (another hint, everyone is freaking broke), it will facilitate all the other moves everyone has to make and will expedite the moving of troops off of Okinawa! Oops! We can't have that now, that makes too much sense and we have to remember, we're dealing with the government. Nuff said, never gonna happen!

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