Japan's new Prime Minister Kan said the May 28 US/Japan agreement, in which a new base construction in Henoko and Marine training relocation to Tokunoshima were specified, was a "nation-to-nation, and government-to-government" one so it should be succeeded.
I grew up in Kan's constituency in western Tokyo and always respected him as somebody who trained to be a politician under late Ichikawa Fusae, a legendary politician and women's rights activist. It is also unfortunate that we have to welcome the first non-hereditary, socialist-bred Prime Minister in sixteen years in this way. Kan's integrity will face an ultimate challenge in how he handles the Okinawan resistance. As a former patent specialist and engineer, he may be able to come up with a creative solution that none of us has even thought of.
News just came in that Kan talked to Obama over the phone, confirming their commitment to the US/Japan agreement. In the same conversation, Obama told Kan that he, also as a former civic activist, felt he and Kan had something in common.
So how will two former civic activists deal with Okinawa's activists and follow through the agreement that was made despite the overwhelming opposition by the Okinawans?