Japanese opposition party commitments include stopping US base relocation to Okinawa

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The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will pledge to stop the relocation of a US military base in the Henoko region of Okinawa prefecture during its next election campaign, CDP chief Yukio Edano said on Friday.

“We will suspend construction,” Edano said at a press conference regarding the party’s election promises, referring to the relocation of the US Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Base to Ginowan, also to Okinawa, in the United States. coastal area from Henoko to Nago.

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“We do not believe that maintaining Futenma Air Base in its current location is acceptable. We will try to find a solution through discussions from scratch (with the United States), ”said Edano.

The main opposition party’s campaign pledges for the House of Representatives election also include strengthening the coast guard to defend the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa. Chinese Coast Guard ships have repeatedly entered Japanese waters around the islands, which are also claimed by China.

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The CDP also proposes to build “an equal and constructive Japanese-American relationship”. With many US military bases in Okinawa, the party said it will negotiate with the United States to review the bases and revise the status of forces agreement between Japan and the United States.

In addition, CDP is committed to strengthening international rule-making strategies in economic fields, including advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, as well as improving Japan’s food self-sufficiency.

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The term of office of the current members of the Lower House expires on October 21.

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