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GOJ refuses to set new deadline for Futenma closure

  • September 5, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo gave front-page coverage to a meeting held in Okinawa yesterday between the central, Okinawa prefectural, and Ginowan municipal governments on reducing the base-hosting burden on Okinawa. Local participants reported that the GOJ rejected Okinawa’s call for setting a new deadline for discontinuing operations at MCAS Futenma on the grounds that the prospects for the FRF construction off Camp Schwab remain unclear due to the need for additional engineering work to reinforce the soft seabed. However, the GOJ side later dismissed Okinawa’s account by saying that it would be difficult to set a new deadline to replace the previous February 2019 one in the absence of the prefectural government’s cooperation for the FRF project.  Okinawa Times noted that Tokyo is distrustful of the Tamaki-led prefectural government because it has filed two separate lawsuits against the central government over the realignment initiative, adding that the three-party forum involving the central, prefectural, and municipal governments has already become irrelevant.  

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