SDP rejects gov't plan on U.S. military base relocation

20:29, May 26, 2010      

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Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Mizuho Fukushima said Wednesday that her party will not accept the government's plan to relocate a U.S. Marine base within Okinawa Prefecture if the relocation site is not specified.

The leader of the SDP, one of Japan's ruling coalition partners, told reporters that she "will not sign" a government document on the issue if the relocation site, agreed on by Japan and the United States, is not make known to the public.

On Tuesday, Fukushima visited Okinawa and pledged her support for pressing the administration not to move the Futenma base to the Henoko coast in Nago, Okinawa during talks with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima.

Fukushima has indicated she will not sign any official documents stating her party's support for the base's relocation plan.

This will leave the prime minister Yukio Hatoyama with no choice but to forge ahead with the plan by way of a prime minister 's statement rather than the full clout of the Cabinet's consent.

The lack of unity among the ruling coalition parties will be of concern to the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ahead of this summer's upper house elections at which the DPJ-led bloc will need to show a united front if they are to avoid a policy stalemate.

Source: Xinhua


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