Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SDP, all of Okinawa, (& millions of people in the U.S., Japan & rest of the world) oppose Washington-Tokyo dealings

Jun Hongo of the Japan Times reports "Hatoyama plans return to Okinawa."
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is planning to go back to Okinawa Prefecture around May 23 and formally propose his plan for the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, government sources said Tuesday...

While it appears unlikely an agreement will be reached by Hatoyama's self-imposed May 31 deadline, Japan and the United States are scheduled to hold working-level talks Wednesday in Washington to discuss a plan to move some of Futenma's operations to Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa, as well as Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture...

But an agreement between Japan and the United States on the relocation won't be enough to fully resolve the contentious issue...

The Social Democratic Party and Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party), both minor coalition partners of the Democratic Party of Japan, oppose Hatoyama's plans.

The pacifist SDP is unyielding and insists on removing Futenma from the country, while Kokumin Shinto has expressed reservations about a proposed elevated runway on pilings in the sea off Camp Schwab.
Read the full story here.

Of course, all of Okinawa, hundreds of thousands in Japan, and millions people worldwide who make up the membership of the NGOs in the Network for Okinawa coalition also insist on the unconditional removal of Futenma and no new military base construction in Okinawa and Tokunoshima.

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