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Kevin Maher calls Onaga “irresponsible”

  • October 6, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a speech delivered by former Director of the DOS Office of Japanese Affairs Kevin Maher at a study meeting hosted by lawmaker Mikio Shioji in Tokyo on Wednesday. The papers quoted Maher as saying that Governor Onaga is not fulfilling his responsibility to the people of Okinawa because blocking the FRF construction at Henoko prevents reducing the base-hosting burden on Okinawa. He rejected the possibility of relocating the Futenma base out of Okinawa, saying that the only options are relocation to Henoko and the continued use of Futenma, and that the U.S. military could accept either option.

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