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Suga pledges to move forward with FRF construction at Henoko

  • October 27, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on Prime Minister Suga’s policy speech delivered in the Diet on Monday, highlighting his comments on Futenma relocation. The papers quoted Suga as saying that he will work to reduce the base-hosting burden on Okinawa while maintaining deterrence and that the GOJ will steadily move forward with the construction at Henoko to remove the danger posed by the Futenma airfield as soon as possible. Okinawa Times wrote that citing the return of a large portion of land in the Northern Training Area in Okinawa as an achievement of efforts to return land used by the U.S. military to Japan, the prime minister stated that his administration will continue the effort while carefully listening to the voices of the Okinawan people. However, the paper wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki expressed dissatisfaction by insisting that there has been insufficient dialogue between the GOJ and the Okinawa government on the FRF construction at Henoko despite the premier’s pledge to listen to the opinions of Okinawans. 

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