Defense Ministry unaware of reported U.S. base relocation blueprint

The Nago city government said Monday that the Defense Ministry branch in Okinawa Prefecture has denied knowledge of a reported U.S. blueprint for building housing and other facilities at the planned site for the relocation of a U.S. base within the prefecture.

The Okinawa Defense Bureau issued the denial in response to an inquiry by the city about the reported blueprint for relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago, the city government said.

The unpublished U.S. blueprint, compiled in 2008, shows that the inland facilities would be built in addition to an airstrip on reclaimed land as specified in a published Japan-U.S. accord for the relocation.

The inland area has been designated as a site from which soil will be taken to reclaim the land for the airstrip.

The bureau said it plans to plant trees in the inland area after the reclamation.