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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

April 6, 2015 (AM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]



REPORTER: Yesterday you met for the first time with Governor Onaga of Okinawa Prefecture, but remained at odds concerning the plans for relocation of Futenma Air Station. Can I ask for your own appraisal of the meeting?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: As you know, yesterday I met with Governor Onaga, to whom I explained the Government’s concepts with regard to the alleviation of the burden of U.S. bases on Okinawa, including the relocation of Futenma Air Station to Henoko, and promotion policies for Okinawa. Governor Onaga explained the way of thinking of Okinawa Prefecture to date. In that sense, the meeting yesterday represented a first step towards opening dialogue on the many issues relating to Okinawa that the central and Okinawa prefectural governments must work on together.

REPORTER: I have a related question. Governor Onaga has stated his firm conviction that with regard to the relocation plan it would be absolutely impossible to construct a new base in Henoko. Using such strong words, he has demonstrated his intention to block the plan. How will the Government attempt to seek the understanding of the governor on this matter?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: There is no change to the Government’s policy of responding appropriately in accordance with relevant legislation with regard to this point. The Government seeks to proceed appropriately, paying the utmost attention to the natural environment and safety in the daily lives of residents.

REPORTER: Yesterday Governor Onaga presented counterarguments to those of the government, using extremely critical words and phrases, such as “arrogant” and “political decay.” What is your view of such comments?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: If my use of the phrase “syuku-syuku” (proceeding quietly as planed) was taken as being arrogant, then I believe that I should change my choice of expression.

REPORTER: Can we assume, therefore, that you will no longer use the words “businesslike way” anymore?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY SUGA: If those words are a cause of displeasure, then I think I should refrain from using them.


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