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Okinawa governor expresses dissatisfaction with U.S.-Japan summit

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on remarks made to the press on Tuesday by Okinawa Governor Onaga concerning the summit meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe on Monday. Okinawa Times wrote that Onaga expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of reference to the Okinawa base issues at a joint press conference by the two leaders by saying that no consideration was given to Okinawa despite its support for the security of Japan since the end of WWII. The governor also expressed his displeasure by saying it is regrettable that the U.S. and Japanese governments confirmed that Henoko is the only option for Futenma relocation. Okinawa Times wrote that the governor commented on the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which provides the legal basis for U.S. forces’ stationing in Okinawa, by saying that although the treaty is supposed to support cooperation between the two nations based on their shared values such as freedom, human rights, and democracy, it gives no consideration to Okinawa. Onaga added that the security arrangements between the U.S. and Japan are being maintained by imposing an excessive base-hosting burden on Okinawa and this could lead to serious problems in the future.

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