Gov’t to Set up Panel to Ease Burden on Okinawa

 

The Mainchi Daily News (Kyodo)
September 7, 2010

The government plans to set up a panel, probably later this month, to discuss with the Okinawa prefectural government how to ease the burden on the prefecture from the concentrated presence of U.S. military bases, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

The central government is planning to establish the panel due to strong local opposition to the Japan-U.S. agreement on the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, the sources said.

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EDITORIAL: Futenma relocation plan  Asahi Shimbun, August 5, 2010

Hatoyama, Obama to Talk on Futenma Air Base

 

Vinay Sarawagi and Roshni Menon
Reuters
May 25, 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will speak with President Barack Obama over the phone Thursday to discuss relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, the Kyodo news agency said.

Hatoyama and Obama’s talks will revolve around relocating the air station, which is in Okinawa Prefecture, to a coastal zone of the Marines’ Camp Schwab, also in the prefecture, the news agency said.

Ahead of the talks, the two governments may release a joint statement centering on agreements to build a replacement facility for the airfield in the Henoko district in Nago and reach a decision on the relocation plan by September, the news agency said it learned from Japan-U.S. diplomatic sources.

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EDITORIAL: Obama to Okinawa: Abandon Hope and Change  Washington Times, May 25, 2010

Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element   Aviation Week,  May 25, 2010

Fukushima’s Okinawa Trip Makes Waves   The Japan Times,  May 25, 2010

Large Number of Crimes, Accidents Involving U.S. Forces Occur in Okinawa

 

The Mainichi Daily News (Kyodo)
May 19, 2010

More than 50 percent of crimes and accidents linked to members of the U.S. military in Japan in the four years from fiscal 2002 involved those stationed in Okinawa, according to Defense Ministry and other data made available Tuesday.

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Ministry of Defense Civilian Car Accident Victim Guidelines   Black Tokyo, Dec. 6, 2009

Demonstrators form a human chain around Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday, May 16. KYODO PHOTO

U.S. Air Base Surrounded by Human Chain of Protesters 

The Japan Times (Kyodo, AP)
May 16, 2010

About 17,000 people formed a human chain around Futenma air station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, on Sunday, calling for the return of the land used by the U.S. Marine Corps facility and protesting plans to move its operations elsewhere in the prefecture.

Ginowan Mayor Yoichi Iha and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine were among those braving strong winds and rain for the demonstration and read out a joint statement calling on the central government to give up on its plans to move it to the Henoko district in Nago.

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AFP Photo

Okinawa Residents Protest at US Air Base   AFP,  May 16, 2010

Japan Reluctant to Antagonize US Over Air Base  Press TV, May 16, 2010