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Japanese officials meet over Futenma

06-14-2011 15:07 BJT

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Japan's Defense Minister, Toshimi Kitazawa, has formally conveyed to Okinawa's governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, that Tokyo and Washington intend to proceed with a plan to relocate the Futenma Air Station elsewhere in the same prefecture.

During their talks, Kitazawa told the governor the Japanese and US governments will decide later, at the upcoming "Two Plus Two Meeting," on constructing a V-Shaped two-runway replacement facility in coastal Nago.

But Nakaima urged the Defense Minister to reconsider the proposal, calling the idea "truly regrettable." He then reiterated his opposition to deploying MV-22 Osprey Aircraft at Futenma, due to safety and noise concerns.

About a hundred people also staged a sit-in protest outside City Hall. In 2006, Japan and the US agreed to move helicopter functions from Futenma to Nago, by 2014. But the plan has met stiff opposition from local officials and residents, who want the base relocated outside the prefecture.




Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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