Japanese government releases current cost of Futenma relocation; so far exceeds 40 billion yen

November 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Expenses related to a plan to build an alternative facility to Futenma Air Station in Nago, covering the period from May 1, 2006 to November 5, 2014 amount to 40,860,000,000 yen. The U.S. and Japanese government reached an agreement on the Realignment of U.S. Forces in May 2006, which included the plan to relocate the air base.

On November 11, Mizuho Fukushima, an upper house member, received an answer from the Japanese government to her inquiry regarding the expenses.
The total cost so far is broken down over the nine years as follows; expenses amounted to 3,030,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2006, 5,120,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2007, 8,650,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2008, 1,190,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2009, 1,110,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2010,5,010,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2011, 5,420,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2012, and 4,200,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2013, and 7,120,000,000 yen in the fiscal 2014.

In the fiscal year of 2014, the government has already spent 180,000,000 yen from a discretionary reserve to set up buoys off the coast of Camp Schwab.

The Japan Coast Guard has enhanced security on waters off the Henoko district of Nago, using a “dangerous situation” clause, stipulated in article 1 of provision 18 in the agency’s regulation, for the first time. The article states, “We determine dangerous situations are being caused by natural or anthropogenic factors from an objective viewpoint, or it is highly possible that we will see these situations occur.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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