Japan's defense chief says he intends to move ahead quickly with preparations to resume reclamation work for the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters on Tuesday that the land ministry told him about its decision to temporarily suspend Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit.
Japan's land minister has issued an injunction that will allow the resumption of work relating to the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.
Keiichi Ishii told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry had temporarily suspended Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit for the relocation work.
Japan's new defense minister has pledged efforts to seek local understanding on plans to move a US military base in Okinawa and deploy a new ground-based Aegis missile defense system.
Takeshi Iwaya was speaking to reporters on Thursday. He said the government remains committed to moving the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City in Okinawa to the Henoko district of Nago City, also in the prefecture, at an early date.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government's plan to relocate a US military base in Okinawa to another location within the prefecture will not be affected by the results of the gubernatorial election on September 30th.
Suga was speaking to reporters on Thursday as official campaigning in the race to pick the successor of the late governor Takeshi Onaga kicked off.
The Okinawa prefectural government has revoked a landfill permit for a new US Marine Corps base in a coastal area of Nago City. The move is aimed at blocking reclamation work by the central government.
The land is being reclaimed to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district.
The US Air Force will deploy 5 Osprey transport aircraft at Yokota Air Base in the suburbs of Tokyo this October. The move will mark the first deployment of the aircraft on the mainland of Japan.
The Japanese government said on Wednesday that it was briefed by the US military about the planned deployment of 5 Air Force CV-22 Ospreys at Yokota on October 1st.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government has not changed its policy of advancing a plan to relocate a US military base within Okinawa Prefecture.
Suga was speaking to reporters on Thursday, one day after Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga died of pancreatic cancer. The top government spokesman said he was shocked by Onaga's death and offered his condolences.