Ministry of Defense allocates one billion yen for the deployment of Self-Defense Forces to Yonaguni Island

December 25, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ministry of Defense announced on December 24 that it has allocated around one billion yen from the annual budget for fiscal 2012 for site acquisition to deploy a coastal monitoring team of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force on Yonaguni Island.
Considering the fact that the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to cut funding for the planned relocation of the U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam, which is supposed to happen in tandem with the moving of Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, the Ministry allocated about 8.1 billion yen to funding for the relocation of the Okinawa-based Marines to Guam for fiscal 2012, a reduction of about 80% from the figure for this fiscal year.

With regard to costs related to the relocation of Futenma Air Station, the Ministry did not allocate construction costs for the Futenma Replacement Facility to cover the relocation of the base to Henoko in the Nago district, but, as it did this fiscal year, the Ministry did allocate about 2.2 billion yen for land construction costs in Camp Schwab and about 1.5 billion yen to costs for the current environmental impact surveys.

The Ministry allocated 93.2 billion yen to rent for land occupied by the U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, up 1.64% from the previous fiscal year.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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