The Abe administration continues to give the cold shoulder to Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, who was elected in November pledging to stop the government project to build a new U.S. military facility in the prefecture to relocate the functions of the U.S. Marine’s Air Station Futenma. A reported plan to sharply trim spending on measures to spur Okinawa’s economy in the fiscal 2015 budget smacks of a blatant attempt to use national government money to keep the new governor in check and sway the local administration policy.

In the November election, Onaga defeated his predecessor Hirokazu Nakaima, who in December 2013 gave the go-ahead for a reclamation work off the coast of Nago to build the Futenma replacement airfield in a turnaround from his earlier campaign promise to seek relocating the Futenma base outside the prefecture.

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