Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed Monday to go ahead with plans to relocate the U.S. Marine base at Futenma to a site off Nago in Okinawa Prefecture, the two sides said. Gemba and Clinton met in New York ahead of the U.N. General Assembly session this week.
The U.S. State Department said on its website that Clinton told Gemba that the U.S. wants to move ahead on the relocation as quickly as possible. The two sides agreed at high-level talks in Japan to aim for 2014 to relocate the base which has become a thorny issue in bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, Okinawa Gov Hirokazu Nakaima -- who is in Washington this week -- said in a speech that he wants the base moved out of the prefecture and said the Okinawan people do not want it moved to Nago, Jiji press reported.© Japan Today