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Okinawa reacts calmly to outcome of 2+2 meeting

  • March 17, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported on local reaction to the 2+2 joint statement reaffirming the planned FRF construction off Camp Schwab as the only solution that avoids the continued use of MCAS Futenma. Governor Tamaki was quoted as saying: “I suppose the document merely confirmed the existing policy. We will continue to seek dialogue [with the GOJ and the USG] and provide information to the U.S. in the hope that opposition [to the project] will grow in Congress.” He insisted that the Futenma standoff has continued for almost a quarter century because the relocation initiative has been pursued in the absence of local consent and asked the central government to support his call for the resumption of three-way dialogue on reducing the base-hosting burden on Okinawa.

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