Okinawa Assembly Chides U.S. on Base Relocation

 

David Allen
Stars & Stripes
July 9, 2010

Okinawa’s lawmakers Friday urged the United States to rethink plans to build a new Marine Corps air station on the island.

On the last day of its current session, the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Japan to reconsider a recent decision to go forward with closing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located in urban Ginowan, and moving Marine air units to the island’s rural northeast shore.

Addressed to President Barack Obama, the leaders of the House and Senate, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and the commander of U.S. Forces Japan, the resolution states that the plan — established in a 2006 U.S.-Japan agreement — “ignores the full will of the people of Okinawa, who wish to move the operations out of Okinawa.”

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