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Monday, January 18, 2010

A Japan Focus Article: "Why Build a New Base on Okinawa When the Marines are Relocating to Guam?: Okinawa Mayor Challenges Japan and the US"

The Shore of Henoko and the "Tent Village," where activists are sitting-in to stop the construction of a new base.

Dear Readers,

Your interest in this issue will be greatly appreciated.

Regarding the "Futenma Air Station 'relocation'" issue, much of the government and media debate has been based on the assumption that a new base has to be constructed. Mayor of Ginowan City, where Futenma Air Station is located, challenges that assumption and argues that plans are underway for most of the Okinawa Marines to be relocated to Guam, making the construction of a new base in Henoko or anywhere unnecessary.

Please distribute this article widely. Especially wide dissemination in the U.S. and to its media are important.

"Why Build a New Base on Okinawa When the Marines are Relocating to Guam?: Okinawa Mayor Challenges Japan and the US"
(By Iha Yoichi, translated by Satoko Norimatsu and Dan Aizawa; Introduction by Satoko Norimatsu)
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Iha-Yoichi/3287

English-language information on this issue is limited. At the end of the above article you will see links to some other related articles.

The original Japanese version is here.
http://peacephilosophy.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-post_12.html

For peace,

Satoko

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