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MOD defense bureau instructs contractor to consult with U.S. military on design change for FRF construction

  • September 22, 2019
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Sunday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Bureau has instructed a private contractor selected to work on the design change for the construction of the Futenma replacement facility, including the reinforcement of the soft seabed, to hold consultations with the U.S. military. A local engineer who has learned of the move by the defense bureau through a freedom-of-information request told the paper that it is unusual for a private contractor to hold consultations directly with the U.S. military and that this indicates that the soft seabed is a serious issue. The paper wrote that a specification document includes the defense bureau’s instruction to hold consultations with the U.S. military four times in stages until the completion of the work.

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