Initiatives from Osaka has proposed transferring a U.S. military aircraft training facility to Mageshima Island in Nishinoomote, Kagoshima Prefecture, to achieve the closure of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma within the next five years. On Aug. 2, Isao Tateishi, owner of Mageshima and chair of a Tokyo development company, spoke with the Okinawa Times at the Diet building. He said that if the government were to present him with a sales price for the island, he would “consider it seriously.” He stated his willingness to sell the island immediately with no lease period. He also said that he submitted a request letter to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in May offering to immediately sell the island.
Tateishi said, “The Okinawa governor saw the island the other day. With first priority on reducing the burden on Okinawa, I would like to see Mageshima made into a joint Japan-U.S. facility and used to achieve the closure of Futenma within five years.”
To date, Tateishi has submitted letters offering to sell the island after leasing it for five years at 2 billion yen a year. (Slightly abridged)