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Suga did not mention Futenma relocation in video message to Okinawa

Asahi highlighted Prime Minister Suga’s video message sent to Okinawa yesterday in commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, noting that he did not refer to the FRF construction initiative in Henoko. The premier instead listed his “accomplishments” in reducing Okinawa’s base-hosting burden as a cabinet member under the Abe administration, such as the return of some portions of the Northern Training Area and the Futenma housing district. The prerecorded message was shown during a memorial ceremony hosted by the prefectural government at which Governor Tamaki renewed his call for the launch of a three-way framework for dialogue between Okinawa, Tokyo, and Washington on scaling back the U.S. military presence in the island prefecture. The governor also demanded the creation of a new “roadmap” for base realignment and consolidation that does not involve the construction of a new installation off Camp Schwab.

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