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GOJ to renovate Futenma base

  • August 19, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri front-paged a GOJ decision to modernize MCAS Futenma in order to ensure the safety of flight operations there and maintain U.S. military deterrence amid the prolonged delay in FRF construction off Camp Schwab. The GOJ will launch a field survey shortly to renovate some 20 facilities on the base, including antiquated hangars, with the goal of starting the work by the end of March 2017. The central government is likely to contribute several tens of billions of yen to this major upgrade. Okinawa will probably react strongly in the belief that the renovation initiative will lead to the installation becoming a permanent fixture. In a separate piece, the daily defended the GOJ project because it is intended to ensure the safety of local residents nearby, adding that the U.S. has strongly urged Japan to renew the aging facilities on the base.

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