U.S. envoy Kennedy visits planned air base location

Kyodo

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday visited a location planned to accommodate a replacement for U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is in Ginowan, Okinawa.

The visit to Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago on the eastern shore of Okinawa Island was aimed at gaining support for the plan from local residents.

It came after Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine expressed his opposition to the Henoko base construction plan at Wednesday’s meeting with Kennedy in Naha, the prefecture’s capital.

Kennedy arrived in Okinawa on Tuesday for her first visit to the prefecture since she assumed her Tokyo post last November.

During the three-day visit, Kennedy met with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima as well as Inamine on Wednesday.