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MCAS Futenma to Relocate to Nago?

The Japan Times reports: A draft obtained Tuesday of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s plan for the Futenma air base specifies the Henoko district in Nago,Okinawa Prefecture, as the relocation site — in line with the existing deal signed by Tokyo and Washington fours years ago. The draft states that the government will construct a 1,600- to… Keep Reading

No to MCAS Futenma – Kadena AB merger

MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan [Breitbart] “The United States said Thursday it cannot support the idea of transferring the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futemma Air Station in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture to the nearby U.S. Kadena Air Base due to operational difficulties. “Operationally, it is unworkable,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. “And so you cannot consolidate the Air Force operations,… Keep Reading

Okinawa Governor says MCAS Futenma can stay!

In what seems like a “convenient” change of heart, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, now supports MCAS Futenma remaining on Okinawa. Plans to return MCAS Futenma to land owners were agreed on in 1996 and again in 2005, alongside a program to move approximately 8,000 Marines and their 9,000 dependents stationed in Okinawa to Guam. The… Keep Reading

Lost in Translation: U.S. Forces and Crime in Japan

A recent spate of crimes committed by United States Forces in Japan (USFJ) personnel has been widely reported in both Okinawan and Mainland Japan media. Though not completely overshadowing U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, the crimes have put an unwanted and less than flattering focus on the American military presence in Japan.… Keep Reading

4,700 US Marines to leave Okinawa, Japan prior to realignment plan

After reaching a general agreement to revise the 2006 U.S. Forces Japan realignment plan, the United States and Japan plan to frontload the relocation of the US Marines based at MCAS Futenma to Guam. This will be a separate project from the MCAS Futenma relocation. In this relocation, the number of Marines to be relocated… Keep Reading


Major Blow to USMC Move from Okinawa?

I am very curious to see the moves Prime Minister Hatoyama will take if he follows throw on nixing the  deal to relocate MCAS Futenma. Now that the new Nago, Okinawa mayor and anti-U.S. base candidate Susumu Inamine and those that elected him are against hosting a new USMC air  base in their city. Maybe “some”… Keep Reading

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