Ryukyu Shimpo wrote in a front-page article that Governor Tamaki was asked at a prefectural assembly session on Thursday how the prefectural government will respond to the alleged U.S. plan to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Okinawa. Tamaki was quoted as saying that it is absolutely unacceptable to bring nuclear weapons into Okinawa for any reason and that it is also unacceptable for the functions of the U.S. bases in Okinawa to be strengthened. On page 2 the paper wrote that the governor told the paper on Thursday: “If things move in the direction of what was reported, it will be necessary for the prefectural government to take some sort of action, but we will collect information first.”
The paper also quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters on Thursday: “We have been informed by the United States that the situation is not yet at the stage of the immediate deployment of missiles. They have also told us that they have not yet studied the specific locations for the deployment.” According to the paper, Chairman of the SDF Joint Chief of Staff Yamazaki separately told the press that he is not aware of such a missile deployment plan for Japan.
The paper also ran an editorial on the issue, saying: “It has been disclosed that the United States is planning to deploy intermediate-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in Okinawa and other parts of Japan. We must block this dangerous plan, under which Okinawa could become a permanent missile deployment site in the new Cold War structure involving the United States, China, and Russia.”