Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga plans to visit Okinawa on Saturday to explain the government's stance on the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Futenma to Henoko.
Suga told a news conference that he will also attend a ceremony marking the return of a housing area in Ginowan from the U.S. military to the city, Fuji TV reported.
Relations have become strained between the central government and Okinawan Gov Takeshi Onaga after Tokyo countermanded an order by Onaga to suspend all work in the Henoko area.
Furthermore, when Onaga visited Tokyo last December a month after he was elected, both Suga and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declined to meet with him.
Onaga told reporters in Naha that he made a pledge to the Okinawan people to block the base's relocation to Henoko and that he wants the central government to respect the feelings of local people in Okinawa regarding U.S. bases.© Japan Today