Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says the Japanese government is considering asking the U.S. government to discuss a revision to the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
Onodera made the remarks on a TV program over the weekend.
The proposal is seen as a way of securing Okinawan Gov Hirokazu Nakaima's approval for the preliminary landfill work for the proposed new site of the Futenma air base.
Nakaima is currently hospitalized in Tokyo but made the request during a visit to Tokyo on Dec 17.
The Okinawan governor has long called for a revision of SOFA to help relieve the burden of U.S. forces in Okinawa. However, U.S. government spokeswoman Marie Harf said at a press briefing in Washington last week that the U.S. has no intention of revising SOFA.© Japan Today