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USG officials believe Abe’s resignation won’t affect FRF construction at Henoko

  • August 30, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times
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Sunday’s Okinawa Times wrote that in response to Prime Minister Abe’s expression of his intention to step down, several USG officials expressed to the paper on Friday the view that Abe’s resignation will not affect the central government’s policy on issues related to U.S. bases in Okinawa, including the construction of the Futenma Replacement Facility at Henoko. The paper wrote that a senior White House official reportedly told the paper that Prime Minister Abe, together with President Trump, further strengthened the U.S.-Japan alliance, and that the United States will work with Abe’s successor to advance the construction of the FRF and other common goals between the two nations. The paper also quoted a senior State Department official as reportedly telling the paper that the FRF construction is a high priority for both the United States and Japan and that Washington will work with Abe’s successor to steadily move forward with the project.

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