Just one more day to go -- if we are to put any stock in Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio's inexplicable self-appointed deadline of "the end of March" for his government to come up with its proposal on the transfer of the functions of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to another location.
Somehow in the first weeks of this year Hatoyama felt the urge, after granting himself in December last year an additional six months to come up with a mutually agreable alternative to the Henoko site, to lop two months off of his own extension. I suppose a premature sense of self-assuredness arose when Shimoji Mikio, the People's New Party's MP from Okinawa, made a land-based Camp Schwab plan the centerpiece of his party's proposals. Hatoyama and his circle came to what seems a gleeful and somewhat premature conclusion that come-what-may, the government can force the inside-the-boundaries-of Camp-Schwab-land-based-solution on all the recalcitrant parties, including the United States military.
Faith in the default option, while not entirely misplaced, looks a lot less reasonable than it did a few weeks ago.
We shall see whether the Wavering One has anything at all on the table come the April day of fools.
Update on India’s States: March 29, 2017
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