Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nago mayor says Okinawa won't accept new U.S. military construction, but existing Nago bases can stay

Via Mainichi, "Nago mayor says Okinawa people cannot stand additional burden":
Susumu Inamine, mayor of Nago in Okinawa Prefecture, on Tuesday renewed his opposition to a plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station to his city from Ginowan, also in the prefecture, saying local people "cannot stand additional burden."

"The relocation plan is going to be implemented by ignoring the people of Okinawa Prefecture," Inamine told in a speech at a think tank in Washington.

Noting that 11 percent of the total land in Nago is used by U.S. military facilities, Inamine said, "We are not requesting these existing bases to be moved out or we do not deny the Japan-U.S. security alliance."

"But we cannot stand by additional burden stemming from the construction of a new military base," he said...

The mayor, who plans to see U.S. officials, Congressmen and academics during his visit to the U.S. capital, also said the issue should not be treated merely as a domestic issue in Japan but rather "as an issue of democracy and human rights."

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