May 30, 2010
Base Deal Disappoints Japanese
Japan Times, Japan Times
In a joint statement Friday, the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the United States declared that the replacement facility for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, will be relocated to the Henoko area of Camp Schwab and adjacent waters in Nago, the northern part of Okinawa Island. It also mentioned bilateral efforts to move more U.S. military training drills to areas such as Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, Guam, and Japanese Self-Defense Forces' bases on mainland Japan. The Cabinet later confirmed the statement and adopted its policy on the relocation of Futenma.
These developments quashed Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's wish to move Futenma's functions out of Okinawa to reduce Okinawans'...