Construction work for a runway that will one day alllow the relocation and closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, continues at Camp Schwab, March 23, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
Construction work for a runway that will one day alllow the relocation and closure of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, continues at Camp Schwab, March 23, 2019. CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa governor to convene panel for exploring alternatives to Futenma relocation plan

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki will assemble his own panel of advisers to explore alternatives to relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma elsewhere on the island after locals overwhelmingly rejected the current plan in a February referendum.

Tamaki’s office declined to provide details when reached this week by Stars and Stripes. However, the Asahi Shimbun reported that he hopes the panel will find an alternative that moves the air station outside the prefecture, a plan that would allow him to leverage Tokyo to acquiesce.

Construction is underway on a new runway at Camp Schwab, a Marine base in Henoko, which would allow the Marines to someday close Futenma and relocate two squadrons of MV-22 Ospreys and other aircraft to the northern coast.

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