Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki takes a tour of Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2019.  NICOLE ROGGE/U.S. MARINE CORPS
Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki takes a tour of Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 31, 2019. NICOLE ROGGE/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Okinawa governor calls to move Marine air operations off island prefecture

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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa’s Gov. Denny Tamaki has called for relocating Marine air operations outside of the island prefecture following a prefecture-wide referendum over the weekend.

Approximately 72 percent of voters who turned out Sunday voted against plans to reclaim land in Oura Bay at Camp Schwab for a new military runway. The plan is to close Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and move air operations to Henoko on Okinawa’s less populated northern coast.

Tamaki’s comments came a day after the vote as he answered questions from members of Okinawa’s prefectural assembly about the dangers posed by Futenma, which Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya in October referred to as “the most dangerous air base in the world,” if the relocation to Henoko is effectively blocked.

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