Japan: Ministry Invites Tenders for New Base in Nago Area

Ministry Invites Tenders for New Base in Nago Area

Japan’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday invited tenders for work related to the construction of a controversial replacement facility for a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa despite local opposition to the base relocation.

The ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau hopes to sign the required contracts by the end of March to build a new base in a coastal area of Nago, where functions of the Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station will be transferred from a crowded residential area of Ginowan under a Japan-U.S. accord.

The bureau plans to spend a year on exploratory boring and designing of the facility before starting land reclamation work in the spring of 2015.

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Press Release, January 22, 2014

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