Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kennedy visits base relocation site in Nago

US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, has made an on-site inspection of the relocation site for a US Marine air station. She was on the last day of her three-day visit to the southern island prefecture.

Kennedy visited the US Marine Corps' Camp Schwab in the Henoko district of Nago City on Thursday.

Under a Japan-US agreement, land off Henoko will be reclaimed to build an airstrip as the relocation site for the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan in the prefecture.

She took a walk along the shore of Henoko inside the base as a senior US military officer explained the relocation plan to her.

Kennedy did not make any comments on the relocation plan during her visit to Okinawa. But she told Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine on Wednesday that she plans to return to Okinawa many times to learn more about the place.

Before going to Nago, she visited the official residence of the US Consulate-General in Ginowan City. The residence sits atop a hill commanding a full view of the Futenma air station, which is located in the middle of a populated area.

She also went to Camp Zukeran, which serves as the headquarters for the Marines in Okinawa.

There, she visited a US navy hospital where her father, the late President John F. Kennedy, received emergency medical care during a trip to the Far East in 1951 as a member of Congress.