US Futenma Airbase

Japan halts US Okinawa base expansion

Date of Release: 
Mar 4 2016

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to suspend construction work required for the relocation of a controversial US military base in Okinawa.

Mr Abe said he was accepting a court-mediated settlement reached after a long stand-off between the central government and local authorities.

The government wants to move the US Futenma airbase from its densely populated site to a more remote area.

But local officials and residents want the base removed entirely.

Japan has already began land reclamation work off the shore of Camp Schwab, the US base in Henoko, south of Nago city.

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