Regarding the Feb. 10 Kyodo article “Iwakuni housing land sale in doubt“: Does the Japanese government have no honor? Is its word no good? First we had the interminable squabbles over moving the bulk of the 3rd Marine Division from Okinawa to Guam, and relocating U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to another site within Okinawa, following agreements with the government.
Now that the Japanese government seems to have successfully talked the U.S. State Department into moving marine air units based at Futenma — a new air station will probably never be built on Okinawa. Meanwhile, the mayor of Iwakuni is threatening to hold up the sale of land previously designated for construction of housing for the families of marines stationed there.