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Construction begins in eastern part of Futenma base for return of land

  • 2015-12-18 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: December 18, 2015 – p. 4)


 The Okinawa Defense Bureau began construction work on Dec. 17 on the eastern side (about four hectares) of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in (Ginowan City), Okinawa Prefecture, for the return of land used by the U.S. military. The governments of Japan and the United States agreed on Dec. 4 to return the land in fiscal 2017 ahead of schedule.


 According to the bureau, this work is part of construction to relocate a road in the Futenma base in order to extend a city road after the return of the base. The initial work involves installing a dustproof net and conducting an electrical resistivity survey. The construction will be completed at the end of March 2017.


 In addition, a survey of buildings was also begun on Dec. 17 to demolish residential buildings in the former West Futenma Housing Area (about 51 hectares in Ginowan City), which was returned in March this year.


 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Dec. 17 at a press conference: “It goes without saying that the government plans to take care of this as quickly as possible.”

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