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Urasoe City Assembly approves transfer of Naha Military Port

Date Posted: 1999-03-14

Urasoe City Assembly approved the transfer of Naha Military Port to a new location in Urasoe City, Monday. Urasoe Mayor Kenichi Miyagi who was a staunch opponent of the transfer plan in his election campaign has been softening his stance lately. Urasoe Chamber of Commerce has also endorsed the plan on condition that the new facility is constructed for a civilian/military dual use.

The move was supported by conservative members of the assembly who consider the move, if connected to the development of civilian use port facilities to be an asset to the city business. They expect the new port to create many new jobs to the city.

At the same time, the progressive parties and some civic groups oppose the transfer. Even through they agreed that the move might help promote the city and its economy, they expressed reservations about the project's environmental impact. They also claim that the move of the military port to a new location indicates that the military bases would stay in Okinawa indefinitely.

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