The number of people who become unhappy with Abenomics will surpass the number of people who become happy with Abenomics.
Prime Minister Abe shouldn't be trying to change Japan to be such a boring country as that the money is most important. 
Having a government that refuses to take the wishes of its people seriously is unfortunate for the entire public.
Having a government that can take the wishes of its people seriously is expected.

--The Asahi Shimbun, March 14
EDITORIAL: Paying no heed to Okinawa an issue that concerns us all
(社説)辺野古移設 作業を止めて対話せよ

The central government's decision to restart geological surveys in preparation for moving a U.S. military airbase to Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, prompted a concerned citizen to liken the drilling on the seafloor to “sticking a knife into Okinawa’s heart.”

The government has resumed drilling the seabed to study the geological features of the area as part of a plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from the crowded city of Ginowan to the rural Henoko district.

The surveys, which were suspended last summer, will be followed by land reclamation work that the government intends to start as early as this summer.

The resumption of the surveys is the first major move related to the Futenma relocation plan since Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is opposed to the proposal, took office in December.
Onaga denounced the central government’s move, saying, “It is unforgivable that work resumed without an explanation to the Okinawan people.”

On the part of the government, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated that the Abe administration will maintain its hard-edged approach to the issue.

“We are following procedures based on legal provisions,” Suga said at a March 12 news conference in Tokyo.
He said the central government is proceeding with the construction of the new airbase as a “matter of course.”

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani also said, “I have no intention to seek a meeting (with Governor Onaga).”
The Abe administration and Okinawa are locked in an extraordinary confrontation.

Although former Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima approved the land reclamation off Henoko to build a new airfield, voters in Okinawa rejected his decision and replaced him in an election in December, making clear their opposition to the Futenma relocation plan.

In what can only be described as an irrationally obdurate attitude, the Abe administration has kept ignoring Onaga.

Further aggravating the confrontation between the central government and Okinawa Prefecture would be far from ideal in light of the relationship between the state and local governments and Japan’s security policy.

The U.S. military’s response to the new development has also been questionable.

When the prefectural government sought permission to conduct inspections in the off-limits area to gauge whether the marine environment had been damaged on the seabed, the U.S. military declined the request, citing operational reasons.

But government-operated ships, including vessels of the Japan Coast Guard, frequently enter the area. Why does the U.S. military think only the prefectural government’s survey ships would cause trouble to its operations?

No wonder the prefectural government is distrustful of the U.S. military.

The prefectural government decided to carry out an on-site inspection after the Okinawa Defense Bureau sank huge concrete blocks into the seabed at various locations outside areas where the prefectural government had given permission for rock reefs to be destroyed for the construction work. The sinking of concrete blocks raised concerns about damage to coral reefs.

The areas on the periphery of reclaimed land, coral reefs and other elements of the marine environment should remain as they are even after the work is finished.

The prefectural government has good reason to take steps to protect fisheries resources and conserve the environment in these areas.

The waters off Henoko contain some of the few precious marine areas along the coasts of Okinawa that still boast an abundance of coral reefs.

Fabled dugongs live in these waters. Previously unknown crustacean species have been discovered in the area in recent years.

Onaga is calling on the central government to suspend the construction work in Henoko until a third-party committee set up by the prefecture finishes its task of assessing his predecessor’s permission for the work to go ahead.

The Abe administration should accept Onaga's request and embark on serious efforts to mend its strained relations with the prefecture through dialogue.

Both the central government and U.S. military should avoid wounding further the hearts of the people in Okinawa, who have been suffering from the heavy burden of hosting U.S. military bases for many years.

Having a government that refuses to take the wishes of its people seriously is unfortunate for the entire public.