Onaga to meet Ambassador Kennedy next Friday in Tokyo

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga announced at a press conference Thursday that he is slated to hold his first meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on June 19.

The meeting will be held in Tokyo, and Onaga is expected to repeat his opposition to the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ MCAS Futenma to Henoko.

At the press conference, he also again hinted at the possibility of canceling the previous administration’s approval of the Japanese government’s application for the reclamation work off Henoko. The work is scheduled to start this summer, although many sources believe that the start of the work would in any case have to be delayed to later in the year.

  • bob

    Close most of the bases or make them joint. Automate as much as possible, since that will be easy as most US civilian and US contract jobs are gone and filled by Master Labor Contract workers anyway, that is where most of the Japanese expenses lay to begin with. With millions of my Japanese tax yen spent it will be a huge substantial savings to the economy of Japan. Okinawa will not mind firing more than 26,000 MLC staff since they will have the jobs to employ them anyway. By the way the 26,000 MLC’s local nationals are all in Okinawa with more than half anti US and attending the no more base movement anyway. The US will save as well not in the workforce since most of the US civilians are gone including US contract jobs, but in paying what many think is paid by the Japanese gov to the salary local nationals employed but not telling the American US taxpayer

20:16 26 Oct , 2016