The Asahi Shimbun published an editorial on the upcoming gubernatorial election in Okinawa on August 4, 2010. The newspaper correctly predicted that the plan to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma would be the central issue of the election.
“Okinawans feel they are being discriminated against by the rest of the nation because they have been forced to bear the heavy burden of hosting 75 percent of U.S. military bases in Japan,” said the Asahi Shimbun. “They strongly desire Futenma’s relocation outside their prefecture or outside Japan. We just cannot imagine them softening their stand.”
“How long will it be before Okinawa’s burden is lifted and the bases cease to jeopardize the people?” asked the Asahi Shimbun. “The governments of Japan and the United States have a lot of work ahead.”