March 4, 2010 12:00 AM

Washington says that Hatoyama is proposing Camp-Schwab-Land-Plus-Futenma-Plan, that is to build a new helipad on the land in the Camp Schwab and to keep the Futenma Air Base in case of emergency. The proposed helipad in the Camp Schwab is for the limited use and, thus, it is difficult for US to accept the original Camp Schwab Land. The new plan gives US Marines right to use the former Futenma Base in case of emergency for air lifts. Okinawa may use the land of former air base as a park or something meantime. Nobody will be happy with this plan, but this plan may be just acceptable to the US.