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Yamaguchi governor rips Iwakuni move

Kyodo

There is “no way” Yamaguchi Prefecture will accept a Japan-U.S. accord to relocate an air wing to the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni Air Station, Gov. Sekinari Nii said Sunday.

Nii decried the relocation as merely “shifting the problem” of aircraft noise from one community to another.

The accord was reached Saturday in Washington.

He expressed displeasure over the way the national government failed to notify local communities of the accord in advance.

Iwakuni Mayor Katsusuke Ihara at a separate press conference also criticized the lack of prior explanation.

The accord calls for relocating the carrier air wing from the U.S. Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture to the Iwakuni base.

Briefings for Okinawa

A senior government official will go to Okinawa to explain to local officials the just-concluded agreement on U.S. military realignment in Japan, the Defense Facilities Administration Agency said Sunday.

Agency chief Iwao Kitahara will first make a one-day trip Monday to the southernmost prefecture and travel there again Tuesday for two days, agency officials said.

He plans to meet officials including Okinawa Gov. Keiichi Inamine and Nago Mayor Tateo Kishimoto.