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Number of U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan not made public

  • August 9, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 2
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The government adopted on Monday a response to a question regarding the number of U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, along with the size of the civilian component and number of family members. The last time the government publicly disclosed the number was in 2014. Since then the number has not been disclosed out of concern expressed by the U.S. side that in view of the threat to the U.S. military in the international arena, the information release requires greater caution.

 

The question was posed by a lower house member from Okinawa, Toshinobu Nakasato, during a discussion on issues related to the Status of Forces Agreement.

 

While the response stated that the government should take into consideration U.S. concerns, it promised that “from the point of view of maintaining the stable use of U.S. facilities and areas, we plan to reach an agreement with the U.S. side about handling the information including the possibility of public release, and adopt appropriate measures.”

 

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