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Base Issue Taboo For Local Politicoes

Date Posted: 2000-06-16

Many civic and business groups claim to have mixed feelings about moving the MCAS Futenma to a new location off Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago City. After the initial euphoria at the news that the MCAS Futenma will be relocated and the land returned, many landowners and businessmen seem to have second thoughts. Discouraged by the snail pace of development projects at other returned sites, many of the landowners worry that they will lose all income from the land, and at the same time be forced to pay taxes on their property.

Businessmen worry about the short term economic impact on the community when the base closes and people working on base move elsewhere. The situation has resulted in the base issue becoming almost a taboo subject in local political debates prior to next week’s prefectural assembly election, and local candidates have avoided, to the man, any comment on the subject.

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