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Former Okinawa area coordinator proposed dual use of FRF off Camp Schwab

  • May 8, 2019
  • , Sankei
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Sankei took up the disclosure by several GOJ sources that while in office the former Okinawa Area Coordinator, Lt. Gen. Nicholson, submitted a proposal to allow commercial planes to use the Futenma Replacement Facility to be built off Camp Schwab. He also reportedly called for the joint use of the Marine base with the SDF semi-permanently, although the Japanese side reportedly turned down the suggestion on joint use by calling it “premature.” The daily added that as the dual use of the FRF would require a longer runway entailing a major design change, Governor Tamaki would be unlikely to endorse such a proposal.

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