TOKYO — Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday he will make a two-day visit to Okinawa at the end of the week, where he is expected to push a government proposal to set aside spots in schools on U.S. military bases for Japanese pupils to foster their English abilities.
On his first trip to the island prefecture since taking up his post in August, Kono said he will arrange meetings with Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga and Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the top commander of U.S. military forces in Okinawa.
Okinawa hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan. The U.S. presence there has long been a source of tension between the prefectural and central governments.