Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Futenma Airbase-IV/Laodicean Politics in Japan-X
On 12 September 2010, the Nago assembly changed the balance between pro-and con- Futenma Airbase. Before the election, 12 assembly members were pro-Futenma; 12 were anti-Futenma Airbase; and three were neutral. After the local election, 16 anti-Futenma Airbase candidates were elected against 11 pro-Futenma Airbase candidates. As a result, it is almost impossible for the Japanese government to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan to Henoko in the Nago area. If there is no agreement from the Nago assembly; there will be no future for Futenma’s relocation
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.