Friday, December 31, 2010
Go Back to the Past/Futenma Airbase-II/Cold War Mentality-IV
Hatoyama Yukio visited Okinawa for a second time since he took power in Nagata-cho on 23 May 2010. He told Nakaima Hirokazu, Governor of Okinawa, that the Okinawans need to accept the Henoko district in the city of Nago which is located in the northern part of Okinawa as the potential site for relocation of American Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. This is just the same as the 2006 pact between Tokyo and Washington on Futenma’s relocation, which was entered into by the LDP (Japan Times). The major reason for this relocation is“deterrence” to the U.S. Marine corps. During the election campaign, Hatoyama repeatedly expressed that Futenma’s relocation should be “outside Okinawa at the least.” Hatoyama needs to show his leadership to the people of Okinawa. In fact, less than 1,000 American Marine corps cannot be the “deterrence” against the North Korean army, not to mention Chinese military might.