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U.S. says Sunday election results will not change Futenma plans

Date Posted: 2010-11-26

Okinawans go to the polls Sunday to elect a new governor, neither of which favors moving Futenma Marine Corps Air Station from Ginowan City to the northern reaches of the island, but a U.S. State Department official says it really doesn’t make much difference because America will continue pressing for the new site.

Philip J. Crowley, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, says “we’ve produced a shared game plan on the way forward and we will continue to work with Japan to carry it out,” referring to the upcoming election. He says Sunday’s gubernatorial election winner won’t alter the U.S. positions as defined in the bilateral agreement made in 2006 and ratified earlier this year.

Japan and the United States agreed in May to transfer the helicopter functions now at Futenma to the Henoko area of northern Okinawa’s Nago City. Incumbent governor Hirokazu Nakaima is campaigning that the base be moved out of Okinawa, while challenger Yoichi Iha is demanding Japan order the Futenma base completely out of Japan.

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