Nago Mayor at odds with defense minister; says distance between them has not narrowed on Henoko relocation.

Nago Mayor at odds with defense minister; says distance between them has not narrowed on Henoko relocation.

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responded to questions from reporters at 10:50 a.m. on August 16, at Busena Terrace Beach Resort in Nago.


August 16, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the morning of August 16, at a hotel in Nago City, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine held a meeting for the first time on the plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to Henoko. After the meeting, Nakatani and Inamine spoke to reporters about their impressions of the meeting.
Nakatani was positive, saying, “I think the distance between us has narrowed. It was good that we sat down and listened to each other.” He declared his intention to continue discussions.

Inamine disagreed, “The distance between us has not narrowed. I am not convinced by his explanation.”

“I think the burden of the U.S. military bases on the prefecture’s people has not been reduced. The function of the U.S. bases in Okinawa has been strengthened,” the mayor said.

Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine answered questions from reporters, at 11:05 a.m. on August 16, at Busena Terrace Beach Resort in Nago.

“Five years and six months have passed since I took office, and meanwhile, the government has not given me an adequate explanation on this issue,” he said, criticizing the government’s approach.

(English translation by T&CT)

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