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Japan mayor pleads against US airbase

A Japanese mayor whose city is set to be the site of a relocated US military base pleaded Thursday for the plan to be dropped, as Tokyo and Washington push ahead with the move. Susumu Inamine, who has just been re-elected on a fiercely anti-base platform as the mayor of Nago, Okinawa, said the burden of hosting the 47,000 United States personnel based in Japan should be spread across the country.

Mayor raps gov't, saying U.S. base transfer is undemocratic

The mayor of Nago city on Thursday warned the national government against pushing through the relocation of a U.S. military base within Okinawa Prefecture, saying it will be undemocratic to defy a recent no vote delivered by the prefectural city on the long-stalled plan. Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine, re-elected in January on an anti-relocation platform, said he wants to visit the United States in April or later to assert his opposition to the bilateral plan.

Japan mayor pleads against US airbase

A Japanese mayor whose city is set to be the site of a re-located US military base pleaded Thursday for the plan to be dropped, as Tokyo and Washington push ahead with the move. Susumu Inamine, who has just been re-elected on a fiercely anti-base platform as the mayor of Nago, Okinawa, said the burden of hosting the 47,000 United States based in Japan should be spread across the country.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits planned air base location

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday visited a location planned to accommodate a replacement for the U.S. Marines Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The visit to Camp Schwab in the Henoko area of Nago on the eastern shore of Okinawa's main island was aimed at gaining support for the plan from local residents. It came after Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine expressed his opposition to the Henoko base construction plan at Wednesday's meeting with Kennedy in Naha, the prefecture's capital.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits planned air base location

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday visited a location planned to accommodate a replacement for the U.S. Marines Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The visit to Camp Schwab in the Henoko area of Nago on the eastern shore of Okinawa's main island was aimed at gaining support for the plan from local residents. It came after Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine expressed his opposition to the Henoko base construction plan at Wednesday's meeting with Kennedy in Naha, the prefecture's capital.

Mayor asks U.S. envoy Kennedy not to build new base in Okinawa

The mayor of a coastal city in Okinawa selected for a new U.S. military base told U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday that the facility should not be built, asking her to convey to President Barack Obama that local residents do not want their sea to be turned into land. Speaking to reporters after their meeting in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said he told Kennedy, "I don't want (the coastal area in Nago) to be landfilled ever. I don't want a new base to be built."

U.S. envoy Kennedy vows to tackle U.S. base issues in Okinawa

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday pledged to make efforts to reduce the burden on local residents of hosting U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture. Kennedy, who is on her first visit to the southernmost prefecture as ambassador, told Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima in their meeting that she wants to continue cooperating with the local authorities on base issues, though she stopped short of referring specifically to a U.S. air base relocation plan approved in December by the governor.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday visited the Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa and laid a wreath at a cemetery of war dead killed in a devastating battle near the end of World War II. Kennedy, who is on an Okinawa visit from Tuesday, also visited Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and the Cornerstone of Peace in the park in Itoman, where the names of about 240,000 people who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa, including civilians and U.S. troops, are inscribed.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday visited the Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa and laid a wreath at a cemetery of war dead killed in a devastating battle near the end of World War II. Kennedy, who is on an Okinawa visit from Tuesday, also visited Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and the Cornerstone of Peace in the park in Itoman, where the names of about 240,000 people who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa, including civilians and U.S. troops, are inscribed.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Okinawa to meet local officials

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday made her first visit to Okinawa since she assumed the post in November, to meet local officials of the island prefecture hosting the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Japan. Arriving at Naha airport on an evening flight with her husband Edwin Schlossberg, Kennedy is scheduled to meet with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday.
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