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Gist of interpellations at Upper House Budget Committee meeting, Feb. 7

  • February 8, 2019
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The following is the gist of the interpellations at the House of Councillors Budget Committee meeting on Feb. 7:


[Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement]


Yoshihiro Kawano (Komeito): Komeito compiled proposals, including one to clearly state [in the SOFA] that those affiliated with the U.S. military who are suspected of a crime shall be handed over [to Japanese authorities] prior to prosecution. We submitted the proposals to the Chief Cabinet Secretary last year.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga: We take your proposals seriously and want to address the matter.


[Okinawa: Relocation of Futenma Base]


Mizuho Fukushima (Social Democratic Party): A base cannot be built in Henoko unless the Okinawa Prefectural Governor approves the [engineering] design change. The earth-pouring operations should be stopped.


Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya: We want to move forward steadily with this project in order to achieve the complete return of the base as soon as possible.



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