Japan Continues Building Controversial New U.S. Military Base in Okinawa


Peace and Freedom

AFP

TOKYO —The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked.

The Japanese government announced the temporary halt last month for “concentrated discussions” with Takeshi Onaga, the outspoken governor of Okinawa, and other officials.

But negotiations failed to reach a compromise and work has now resumed.

The plan to relocate Futenma air base, first mooted in 1996, has become the focus of anger among locals, who insist it should be shut and a replacement built elsewhere in Japan or overseas.

Local residents staged a protest in the Henoko district Saturday in central Okinawa, where the central government plans to build a replacement facility for the air station, Kyodo News reported.

Henoko is a small coastal area on Okinawa.

Reports added Onaga also immediately condemned…

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