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article imageMayor to sue Japanese government over U.S. Futenma air base

By Andrew Moran     Jul 2, 2010 in Politics
Okinawa - Japanese Mayor Yoichi Iha is planning to sue the government of Japan in 2011 over the controversial and unpopular United States Futenma air base in the island of Okinawa.
On Friday, Okinawa Mayor Yoichi Iha announced that he plans to start a lawsuit in March 2011 against the Japanese government over its decision to keep Okinawa as the host of the extremely unpopular U.S. military air base, according to Agence-France Presse.
Ginowan Mayor explains that the Japanese government is not addressing the needs of locals as they have long complained about the base’s noise and possible safety issues that stem from low-flying U.S. military jets, which will be the basis of the case next year.
“We were forced to accept an excess burden of hosting the US base and denied even the basic human rights in our everyday lives. Therefore, I decided to question at court the government's policy in providing the Futenma airbase (to the United States)," said Iha in a news conference, reports Press TV.
Residents in the island of Okinawa have been very reluctant to host the U.S. base. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama pledged to fight for the removal of the Futenma air base but later decided against it, which ultimately led to the former Premier’s demise.
Incumbent Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that he will follow the accord that was agreed upon back in 2006 and relocate the air base within Okinawa to the Henoko region.
According to Nikkei, Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima called the agreement between the governments “absolutely inexcusable” and labeled the relocation agreement as “disappointing and infuriating. He further added, “Whatever they decide, no progress will be made. The government is responsible for presenting the people of Okinawa solutions they can fully understand.”
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