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Naha International Airport to become regional hub

Date Posted: 2012-05-18

A decision by Japan’s aviation authority to approve a second runway for Naha International Airport will transform Okinawa into an international logistics hub while enhancing regional tourism.

The second runway at Naha International Airport has been sought for years to both allow expansion of commercial aviation while improving safety conditions at the airport, which is jointly shared with the Japanese Air Self Defense Forces. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, who has lobbied the government for approval of airport expansion, praised the decision, noting the safety improvements that will come, along with reduced congestion.

Expansion at the lone commercial airport on Okinawa will allow development and refinement of Okinawa Prefecture industries –tourism, information and communications, financial and international logistics sectors—to boost the island’s abilities to serve all of Southeast Asia. A government spokesman says a byproduct of the development and airport expansion will be Okinawa’s being able to assist in developing emerging regional economies.

The critical second runway can be built “providing the necessary funds are secured”, notes the head of the government panel, Motoshige Ito, a University of Tokyo professor. He and the panel believe the airport’s development under a ten-year plan will beef up Okinawa’s economy. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima praised the proposal, calling it a report created “in an appropriate manner.” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration is expected to approve the plan in a matter of days, after which the Okinawa Prefectural Government will begin drafting specific details.

The Okinawa study panel also called for further study on the need for rail system construction on the main Okinawa island, and for means of lighting the prefecture’s burdens stemming from hosting American military bases, facilities and troops. It also called for developing the prefecture’s outlying islands.

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