Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama apologized to Okinawa residents yesterday for failing to keep his election promise to move the U.S. Futenma airbase out of the prefecture.
"I offer my heartfelt apology for causing confusion to the people of the prefecture in the process of being unable to keep the promise to move it out of the prefecture," he said, according to the Japan Times.
After months of back and forth about where to relocate, that angered Washington, Japan came up with a new agreement to relocate Futenma to less populated land at Cape Henoko in Nago, a city in the northern Okinawa.
The move angered local residents and Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima said the prime minister “betrayed” Okinawa, reported the Japan Times.