Japan Backs Down on Runway Change in US Base Plan


AsiaOne News (AFP)
May 19, 2010

Japan has told the United States it will back down in a dispute over the relocation of an unpopular US airbase and build offshore runways on landfill rather than pylons, a report said Wednesday.

In the row over the base on the island of Okinawa, Japan had proposed building the runways on pylons to minimise the impact on a marine habitat, but Washington argued this would heighten the risk of a terrorist attack.

The concession, reported by the Yomiuri Shimbun daily, would be the latest twist in a long-simmering dispute over what to do with the controversial US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, now located in a crowded city area.

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For additional information on this issue, please review the reports below:

Approach Paths Limited for New U.S. Airstrip  The Japan Times (Kyodo News), Dec. 6, 2006

Thousands Rally for Okinawa Dugong, Letter Protesting Base Relocation Hand-delivered to Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama. May 14, 2010

Naval Gazing in Asia  Foreign Policy,  May 18, 2010

U.S. Court Rules in the “Okinawa Dugong” Case: Implications for U.S. Military Bases Overseas  Critical Asian Studies 40:3 (2008),  Miyume Tanji