Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is considering visiting Okinawa next month to tour Camp Schwab, the site for the relocation of the U.S. Marines Air Station Futenma, and the Northern Training Area where construction of helipads has resumed, a source familiar with the matter disclosed on August 19. Meanwhile, a group of Liberal Democratic Party’s prefectural assembly members will meet with Suga on August 23 to request the government extend subsidies to the Takae district in Higashi Village, located near the relocation site of helipads.
Arrangements are underway for Suga to visit Okinawa on September 3-4. He has expressed his intention to meet with Higashi Village Mayor Seikyu Iju.
It is said that during his stay in Okinawa, Suga will likely visit the Northern Training Area as well as Camp Schwab, where he will observe construction of facilities at the base which had been suspended. The Ministry of Defense recently decided to resume construction at Camp Schwab by claiming the work is not related to the landfill work.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be sponsored by the Russian government and be held at Vladivostok on September 2-3. If Suga is unable to leave Tokyo during this period, his visit to Okinawa will be rescheduled.
The LDP assembly members of the prefecture will call on Suga to extend subsidies to the Takae district at the request of Iju. They will demand the government offer support similar to the support given to [the three] districts around Henoko, Nago.