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Okinawa governor disapproves of alleged plan to station GSDF amphibious unit at Henoko

  • January 26, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki commented on reports that the GSDF and the U.S. Marines reached a “secret agreement” in 2015 on a plan to station the GSDF’s amphibious rapid deployment brigade at the Futenma Replacement Facility to be constructed at Henoko by telling reporters he has never heard of such a plan. The governor added that such a plan would be unacceptable because it would likely involve dual use of the base by the U.S. and Japanese forces and would not help to reduce the base-hosting burden on Okinawa. The governor stressed that Okinawa is seeking substantial reductions of the burden and that Okinawa Prefecture is against the plan to construct a new base at Henoko in the first place. The paper also wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said at a press briefing on Monday that the GOJ has no plan to deploy an amphibious unit at Camp Schwab. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report.

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