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Prefecture to establish U.S. office in spring

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

Okinawa Prefecture is taking its relationship with the United States to a new level, announcing plans to establish an official office in the U.S. early next year to gather information about planned military activities that relate to Okinawa and base issues.

Zenshin Takamine, Chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Assembly, says the new Security Research Organization will begin working by September, with the official establishment of an office by next April. Takamine says “we want to create something useful on matters related to the base problem,” adding “we will appoint resident staff early in the plan, and we’ll officially launch the field office next April, when the research office will be set up.

The Assembly’s plan is to actually have two organizations working in the U.S.; the military affairs office and the Security Research Organization. Both will report to the prefecture government. “We want to understand the security environment in the Asia-Pacific Region,” says Prefecture Governor Hirokazu Nakaima. “We must be prepared to cope with large scale natural disasters, and need risk management capabilities to prevent the likes of a super-flu from occurring. We must be ready to deal with possible situations in which we ourselves must protect life or properties,” he adds, “so we’re not looking to just limiting ourselves to the narrowly defined defense issue.”

The governor linked the new initiatives with discussions held last month at the Japan Security Consultative Committee, the so-called two-plus-two meetings that agreed a disaster relief hub should be set up in Japan. The meeting participants proposed a base be established at Shimoji-jima, leading the governor to note “we must first take a close look at the agreement. Former governors maintained a policy of ‘disapproval of the military’s use of Shimoji-jima’, and I need to think about how to maintain this policy.”

Nakanima refused, though, to say he’s clearly opposed to the concept of using Shimoji-jima for military disaster relief purposes.

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