Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference at his governor’s office in Naha, Okinawa, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The governor of Okinawa signed off Friday on the long-awaited relocation of a U.S. military base, a major step toward allowing the U.S. to move forward with plans to consolidate its troops on the southern Japanese islands and move some to Guam. Gov. Nakaima approved the Japanese Defense Ministry’s application to reclaim land for a new military base on Okinawa’s coast. It would replace the U.S. Marine Corps base in Futenma, a more congested part of Okinawa’s main island. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
TOKYO (AP) — Threatening lawsuits and protests, opponents are gearing up to fight a decision by Okinawa’s governor that could pave the way for a new U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Friday’s decision, calling it “the most significant milestone” so far in a long-running battle to realign U.S. forces in Okinawa.
The new base is designed to reduce the impact of the heavy U.S. military presence in Okinawa by replacing another base in a more congested area, but opponents want the operations moved off Okinawa completely.
“What the governor has done is unforgivable,” Yuichi Login to read more