Japanese Mayor Sounds Battle Cry Over US Military Base Plans – 23 May 2014

RT logoThe relocation of a US Marine base from Okinawa, Japan to the smaller city of Nago may prove an uphill battle for Tokyo and Washington as Mayor Susumu Inamine upholds pledge to his constituents who oppose the plans.

The controversy surrounds long-term plans to move the US Marine Air Station at Futenma, which is situated in a densely populated urban area in southern Okinawa, to Noga, a smaller city to the north that already hosts Camp Schwab, another US Marine base.

The residents of Noga now say enough is enough. Their overall negative attitude to the plans was apparent in the re-election of Mayor Inamine in January by a wide margin in what was for all intents and purposes a de facto referendum on the US military base.

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