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Okinawa “inflated” tourism revenue to downplay economic benefits of U.S. bases

Sankei claimed that the Okinawa prefectural government has used an inflated figure for tourism revenue in an economic report and compared this figure with revenue from U.S. military bases.  The daily contended that this resulted in underestimating the local economy’s reliance on U.S. installations and allowed base critics, including Governor Onaga and the two major Okinawa papers, to make the erroneous argument that U.S. military facilities constitute the “greatest hurdle” to local economic development and that the local economy is not dependent on American bases.   

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