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Abe defends resumption of FRF construction work in Henoko 

  • June 13, 2020
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All national papers reported on the resumption of operations on Friday to build the Futenma replacement facility off Camp Schwab after a two-month suspension on account of the confirmation of a COVID-19 case among the workers in April, noting that local officials and residents reacted very strongly. Governor Tamaki denounced the move by calling it “extremely regrettable.” He underscored that the results of the recent prefectural assembly election pointed to the local people’s steadfast objection to the relocation initiative. However, Prime Minister Abe reportedly defended the resumption by saying: “We would like to complete the construction work as soon as possible since keeping MCAS Futenma in its present location must be avoided at all costs.”  

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