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Analysts suggest ‘Wiggle Room’ possible on Futenma move

Date Posted: 2012-05-12

Less than two weeks into announcement of a report on realigning U.S. forces in Japan, already there’s talk that the relocation of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station could be altered.

The bilateral report issued several months ago and an announcement in Washington while Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama indicted everything was to move forward with Futenma still to move to Henoko, a district of Nago City in northern Okinawa. Now, analysts are poring over the wording “the only viable solution that has been identified to date” is Henoko, and questioning whether it means Tokyo and Washington could still search for alternative relocation sites for the contentious air base now located in Ginowan City.

Already, analysts agree, wording of the report was modified to win over several U.S. senators who have proposed Futenma should be co-located with the Air Force on Kadena Air Base. Senators Carl Levin, D-Michigan, John McCain, R-Arizona, and James Webb, D-Virginia, believe it’s an expensive mistake to continue pursuing the Henoko site, which is vigorously opposed by residents and politicians.

Complicating the issue now is the element of the interim report that splits the Futenma relocation from the plans to hand back U.S. installations on Okinawa to the Japanese government. Five areas have been designated for return in coming years, in three stages. All are south of Kadena Air Base. This past week, officials identified parts of Camp Foster and Camp Kinser as the first to be returned, with Futenma and Naha Military Port being in the final stage.

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