Abe urged to accelerate the transfer of the U.S. base on Okinawa
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the need to expeditiously accomplish the transfer of the U.S. Futenma airbase in Okinawa, and promised to do everything possible for this.
"We cannot allow the process of moving arose. You need to implement it as soon as possible", - quotes Agency Kyodo words of the Prime Minister.
Abe also noted that he intends to exert maximum efforts for the implementation of the plan to transfer.
Earlier on Friday, after a 57-day break resumed work on the filling part of the coastal strip of the sea in the area Hanako the city of Naga in the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa for the construction of the US base.
After construction there are plans to transfer Futenma base, located in the same Prefecture. The government intends to move it to Henoko, and the administration of Okinawa insists on moving it outside the Prefecture.
Base marine corps air station Futenma, which is considered the most dangerous in the world due to its location near residential houses in the city of Ginowan on Okinawa, according to the agreement Japan and the United States 2006 it was decided to move in Henoko. For this you need to fall asleep around 157 hectares of the coastal strip, affecting coral reefs. This causes the protests of the local population and environmentalists. In addition, the database migration within the borders of the same Prefecture, according to local population, not reduce the already heavy burden on Okinawa by the military bases of the United States: occupying only 0.6% of Japan, Okinawa is taking 74% of all us bases from the area calculation.
In the progress of the filling of the coastal strip on the sea bottom will be poured concrete and covered with earth. This will make it almost impossible to return the coast to its current state.
Between the state and the Prefecture for several years with varying degrees of success in the struggle around the transfer base marine corps air station Futenma in Henoko. Mutual lawsuits and disestablishment the other hand lead to periodic renewal and suspension of operations the backfilling of the coastal part of the sea.