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Urasoe mayor approves transfer of Naha Military Port functions to local harbor 

  • August 19, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi wrote that Urasoe Mayor Matsumoto agreed yesterday to accept the idea of relocating the functions of the Naha Military Port to the northern section of a local harbor, which had been pursued by the Okinawa prefectural and Naha municipal governments. Mayor Matsumoto had been opposed to the plan to relocate the port to the northern section and pressed for moving it to the south on the grounds that building U.S. military facilities in the northern section of the port would hinder his plan to lure resort facilities to the area. Pointing out that the U.S. military and the GOJ reached a consensus in early August on rejecting the southern plan for technical reasons, the paper conjectured that the Urasoe leader made an “agonizing decision” to back down on his preference yesterday following his meeting with Governor Tamaki and Naha Mayor Shiroma.   

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