Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Governments disagree where to build new military airfield -

Japan and the United States agree they must build a new military airport to replace the controversial Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.

The trouble is, each government has its own idea about how to best go about making the new facility a reality. Both have plans that would slash the construction time for a new airport from nearly a dozen years down to a manageable five years. As negotiations continue with Washington and Tokyo, the original plans for a massive airfield project off the coast of Henoko have undergone definitive change. The long approved design was for a 2,500-meter-long civilian-military use runway that would have extended into the waters, through reefs, off Henoko, near Nago.

That’s changed, and now defense planners are calling for a 1,500-meter military airfield only. It would, officials say, be sufficient to absorb the aviation mission now assigned to...


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