Japanese, U.S. Seal Okinawa Base Deal


Jacob M. Schlesinger
The Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2010

The Japanese government issued a joint statement with the U.S. formally sealing a controversial agreement to keep a large number of Marines on the southern island of Okinawa, after the Obama administration made some small concessions to help Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama save face for breaking a campaign promise.

The new pact, issued Thursday night in Washington, places greater emphasis than previous agreements on environmental protection, a major concern of critics of the plan for the military base. It includes a pledge to give Japanese officials greater access to U.S. facilities for ecological surveys, and a promise to consider “ways to introduce renewable energy technology” on the base.

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For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Japan, U.S. Issue Joint Statement on Relocation of Okinawa Base   Xinhua,  May 28, 2010

Japan, U.S. Agree on Okinawa Marine Base Relocation   Businessweek,  May 28, 2010

Japan PM in Deal to Keep US Base on Okinawa   BBC News,  May 28, 2010

Japan’s Kagoshima Stages Rally to Protest U.S. Base Relocation


May 8, 2010

Some 5,000 people rallied at a park in the city of Kagoshima Saturday to protest against the government’s plan to relocate some functions of a major U.S. military base from Okinawa Prefecture to Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, said reports from the port city on the southern coast of Kyushu island.

Present at the gathering were the three mayors from the island, including Isen town mayor Akira Okubo, who rebuffed Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama when talking about his relocation proposal in a meeting held Friday. “I conveyed (Tokunoshima) residents’ firm sentiment against (the proposal),” Okubo was quoted by Kyodo News as saying at the rally, which was organized by members of the Kagoshima prefectural assembly, excluding assembly groups of the Democratic Party of Japan.

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