Maehara, Inouye agree on Futenma

Kyodo

Democratic Party of Japan policy chief Seiji Maehara agreed with an influential U.S. senator Thursday to proceed with the current plan for relocating the Futenma base within Okinawa Prefecture, a DPJ source said.

Maehara reached the agreement with Sen. Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, in a meeting in the U.S. capital, the source said.

Inouye told Maehara that the two governments need to work together toward promoting the bilateral accord to transfer Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa from the densely populated city of Ginowan to a coastal area in Nago.

In this context, Inouye, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, referred to calls within Congress for reviewing the current relocation plan, the source added.