PNC :: Japan's SDP Wants To Move Futemma to Guam
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Guam - Japan's Social Democratic Party plans to include Guam among proposed alternative sites for the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futemma Air Station in Okinawa.
Reports from both the AP and Kyodo news services posted on breitbart.com, say that the SDP will place emphasis on Guam as the destination for most of the base's functions. Party Policy chief Tomoko Abe is quoted as saying "The bases in Guam are big and there are many possible locations."
Another governing coalition partner, the People's New Party, is reportedly proposing integrating Futemma's functions with the nearby U.S. Kadena Air Base.
Read the posting on Breitbart
The two junior coalition partners in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government are set to present their relocation proposals Wednesday to a government committee exploring possible alternative sites for moving Futemma, currently located in the city of Ginowan.
Just last week, Guam Governor Felix Camacho told a visiting Japanese Diet delegation that Guam could not accommodate any more than 8,600 Marines currently being proposed for transfer here from Futenma.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has said his government would announce its desired intentions for the Futenma relocation in May.
The U.S. government continues to maintain that the existing plan to move the base to Nagano, which was agreed to by the previous Japanese Government, is the best option.
Written by : Kevin Kerrigan