Okinawa Approves Relocation of U.S. Airbase in Japan — Naharnet

The shadow picture of Okinawa Prefecture (peri...

The shadow picture of Okinawa Prefecture (periphery of the Okinawa Island), Japan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The defense ministry\’s Okinawa bureau confirmed that it had received the document, which bore the governor\’s seal, from local government officials.\”The office received the document at 10:50 am. It was approved,\” said a ministry official at the bureau.After years of staunch opposition, Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima this week met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who pledged a big cash injection into Okinawa\’s economy every year until 2021.Nakaima\’s nod marks a breakthrough on an original 1996 agreement to shut the Futenma airbase, which is in a densely populated urban area.The United States affirmed in 2006 it would re-site the base on the coast, but the move has been stymied by opposition throughout Okinawa, which feels overburdened by its outsized share of the American military presence in Japan.

via Okinawa Approves Relocation of U.S. Airbase in Japan — Naharnet.

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