Peter Ennis weighed in yesterday on the 2+2 meeting in which the Futenma base relocation plan was put on hold. According Ennis, the plan will have to be reformulated to take account of the significant hurdles in place:

US-Japan base roadmap: ‘dead plan walking’

Defense Minister Kitazawa, Secretary of Defense Gates, Foreign Minister Matsumoto and Secretary of State Clinton at yesterday's meeting

Defense Minister Kitazawa, Secretary of Defense Gates, Foreign Minister Matsumoto and Secretary of State Clinton at yesterday's meeting (Source: Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

The lengthy joint security statement set to be issued by the US and Japan today marks the demise of the 2006 bilateral “roadmap” for restructuring US forces in Japan, particularly the plan to construct a facility in the Henoko Bay area of Okinawa to replace to US Marine Air Station Futenma.

No one will say this officially, of course. The two governments will continue to say that they have only postponed the 2014 deadline for completion of the new facility, and the related redeployment of 8,000 US Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

But the plan is dead.

Read the rest of the article at Dispatch Japan.

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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