In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see how Hawaiia’s Okinawan-American governor, David Ige Onaga interacts with Onaga.
Via the Japan Times:
I’ll work to cancel and revoke (Nakaima’s permission for the landfill permit). The new military base will not be built, Onaga, 64, declared.
Via the Washington Post:
The relocation would involve a huge landfill project to build two runways out into the sea, which locals say would destroy the environment on land and in the water, as well as bringing noisy aircraft to the relatively undeveloped area.
Onaga said the base should be moved outside Okinawa, with other parts of Japan helping to bear the burden of the country’s security alliance with the United States.
“Okinawa has suffered a lot. Why do we have to suffer more?” Onaga told The Washington Post before the election, adding that the prefecture comprises 0.6 percent of the Japanese land mass but houses 74 percent of U.S. military bases in the country.