The Japan Times reports that Mizuho Fukushima is laying down the law to Prime Minister Hatoyama over the Futenma relocation.
In short, Fukushima’s Social Democratic Party, a junior coalition member, wants to breach the treaty. And now, is saying that they’ll quit the coalition unless they get their way.
I think this is awful for two reasons:
1) It probably isn’t going to happen, and looks like it’s just a means to gain more concessions from America while simultaneously making America look like an aggressor in the region. The reason the bases are there are as a check on China.
2) Mizuho Fukushima is the Minister in Charge of Consumer Affiairs and the declining birth rate. Not Minister of Defense. I have a consumer lease issue that I would love to discuss with one of her people, once they finally get around to protecting consumers and not nosing into other ministers’ portfolios!