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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Need for a New Base: A Group of Japan's Parliamentarians

Finally some parliamentarians are bravely bringing forward the fact that US plan is underway to move most of the Okinawa Marines to Guam, making it unnecessary to build a replacement facility anywhere. The NHK is among the few media that have openly taken on this issue.

Ginowan's Mayor Iha and author Yoshida Kensei have been arguing this point over and over in their presentations and books.

See here for Iha Yoichi's interview.

Ruling coalition group: Move all Marines to Guam

A group of Japan's ruling coalition lawmakers have proposed that all the US Marines in Okinawa should be transferred to Guam to resolve the issue of where to relocate a US air base in the prefecture.

The proposal was crafted by a group of governing coalition legislators, including Democratic Party Lower House member Hiroshi Kawauchi and Social Democratic Party policy chief Tomoko Abe.

The group says the US military's current relocation plan does not require the building in Japan of an alternative facility to the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station.
It also says the plan allows all the US Marines in Okinawa to be moved to Guam.

The group suggests that a domestic base will only be needed when US Marines conduct training in Japan.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said that he intends to settle the relocation issue by the end of May. The group says Japan can consult the United States about the location of a training base after the deadline.

The lawmakers will pressure the government to study and adopt their proposal.

2010/04/21 02:45(JST)
(JST: UTC+9hrs.)

NHK Report April 21

民主・社民有志 グアム移転案
4月21日 5時0分


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