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Ozawa land purchase raises local eyebrows

Date Posted: 2010-02-18

It took a budget meeting in the House of Representatives to discover that the Secretary General of Japan’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan had quietly purchased land in northern Okinawa near Camp Schwab, the proposed site for the new U.S. military airfield.

Everyone from the media to local citizens are asking how it happened that Ichiro Ozawa bought the northern Okinawa land in October 2005, during the period Japan and the United States were negotiating the deal for building an airfield in the area to replace Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Ginowan City. The deal wasn’t agreed to by the two nations until May 2006.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says “this is a private thing for Ichiro Ozawa. You better ask him straight, but I think Ichiro Ozawa should answer to the press.” Seijun Gotoda, a Liberal Democratic Paarty member, is saying “Ichiro Ozawa should tell everybody about the purpose; why did he buy the land in Ginoza near Camp Schwab, near the planned Futenma Air Station transfer place? He has to explain clearly.”

Ichiro Ozawa, according to the records, purchased a parcel of land in Ginoza Village. The land measures 5,194 square meters.

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