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Regarding the Dec. 9 article “Okinawa takes base row into its own hands“: One plank of the platform on which the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) is campaigning is that Futenma air base must not remain at its present site. That’s fine. In this regard, the LDP and the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) are in complete accord.

But there’s a catch. Both parties say Henoko in northern Okinawa is the best choice for Futenma’s relocation site. The LDP’s manifesto even says a municipality that accepts the U.S. base should be given “special aid and benefits.” In other words, they want to nearly bribe the municipality that accepts the government plan.

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