Yomiuri: Decision on Futenma Relocation Unlikely Until At Least 2011

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Guam – The Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that Japanese and U.S. negotiators have “basically agreed to abandon” their August 31 deadline for resolving the impasse over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Futenma Airbase in Okinawa.

And the paper reports that “it has become almost certain”  that the “essential details” won’t be unresolved until at least 2011.

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However the paper reports that at least the two governments have agreed on the “outlines of a report” regarding the exact location of the Futenma replacement facility and the design of its runway. 

The outline calls for the forthcoming report to incorporate two plans as “feasible options” for the relocation facility. One option calls for two runways in a V-shaped formation. The other calls for a single runway, with the understanding that the facility will be located on the shore of the Henoko district in Nago in the prefecture.

The paper quotes sources as saying that incorporating both plans into the report means postponing a final decision on the specifics of the replacement base. And that runs counter to the Tokyo-Washington agreement reached May 28 to complete “without fail” the task of specifying the location, runway design and construction method for the facility by the end of August.