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Futenma discussions resume, but parties still disagree

Date Posted: 2007-11-12

Okinawa’s governor and the central government in Tokyo are talking again, for the first time in ten months, but still can’t agree on how to deal with the replacement for Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.
Governor Hirokazu Nakaima still wants the new airfield slated for Camp Schwab, together with its two V-shaped runways, to be offshore “as far as possible”, but Tokyo is standing firm on its goal to have the airfield along the shoreline. The central government contends having the northern Okinawa Marine base shoreline as the starting point for landfill and the runways, as being the best construction solution.
Although no progress was made at the meeting, both parties have agreed to meet again before the close of the year. At issue is closing Futenma MCAS in heavily populated Ginowan City, and moving it to the Nago area’s Camp Schwab. The relocation plan is part of a massive military realignment plan agreed to by the U.S. and Japanese governments.

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