Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

Defense Minister Kitazawa meets Governor to emphasize the policy to relocate the Futenma facilities to Henoko

Governor Hirokazu Nakaima hands over his request document to Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa at 2:00pm on May 7, at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office.


May 7, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 7, Minister of Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa met with the Okinawan Prefectural Governor Hirokazu Nakaima at the Prefectural Government Offices. Kitazawa stated, “While we are mindful of your feelings and your political position as the Governor of Okinawa, we are must seek to fulfill the bilateral agreement between Japan and the United States that was concluded in May last year. The Japan-U.S. Security Treaty and Japan-U.S. alliance are important for security in the Asia Pacific, so I want to strive to achieve understanding of that point.” He emphasized that the Government has not changed its policy of staying in line with the bilateral agreement and relocating the facilities at Futenma to Henoko.

Kitazawa said measures to mitigate noise caused by caused the operation of U.S. military aircraft are being considered. “We would like to announce these measures at the Two-plus-Two meeting of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee or at the Summit of Japan and the United States,” he said.

Kitazawa visited what used to be the Awase United States Marine Corps Golf Course after the meeting with the Area Coordinator of U.S. Forces in Okinawa, at Camp Foster (Zukeran).

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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