Japanese PM halt construction work at US Okinawa base relocation
Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, agreed to halt construction work on the relocation of the U.S. Futenma airbase away from its densely populated site to a more remote area of the island.
|The controversy has been ongoing for some time. Japan has agreed to the relocation of the Futenma base to an area in Henoko, south of Nago city, at U.S. Camp Schwab. However, local authorities are concerned about the impact of the move on coral reefs in the area. The local authorities want the U.S. base at Futenma removed from the island entirely. The disagreement ended up in the courts with each side filing suits against the other. Abe decided to accept a court-mediated settlement. The settlement will lead to further talks between the two sides.|
"It is the only solution that addresses operational, political, financial and strategic concerns; that permits the operational readiness of our forward-positioned Marine forces and avoids the continued use of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma."However, The Okinawa Governor, Takeshi Onaga, said: "I was elected governor on the platform of not allowing a new base in Henoko. ... I will keep pursuing this policy with confidence."