Japanese PM speaks on relocation of U.S. military facility   2010-03-31 15:55:14 FeedbackPrintRSS

TOKYO, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said in parliament on Wednesday that he has an idea about where to relocate the U.S. Futenma military facility, which is currently located in Okinawa Prefecture.

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Hatoyama's government, led by the Democratic Party of Japan ( DPJ), are currently looking into alternative sites for the U.S. base, after saying that they wish to see a 2006 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed by the former governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Washington.

"I have my own plan in mind, and the ministers who need to know are aware of it," Hatoyama said during a debate with opposition leaders at the Diet, adding "they are working with my plan in mind. "

LDP leader Sadakazu Tanigaki quizzed Hatoyama in the debate. His party is opposed to rectifying the SOFA agreement.

In the debate, Hatoyama also said that he aims to see all the risks associated with housing U.S. military facilities eliminated by 2014 and called upon other areas of Japan to share more of the burden currently held by Okinawa.

"I will stake my life on addressing this issue, and I will come up with successful results," said the prime minister.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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