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Changes in Iwakuni

  • June 28, 2018
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NHK carried this morning a five-minute report on the city of Iwakuni, which hosts MCAS Iwakuni. The network said that as part of the U.S. force realignment, 50 fighters have been transferred from NAF Atsugi, making MCAS Iwakuni the largest U.S. air station in East Asia. The network said about 3,000 military personnel and their families have also moved to Iwakuni, and now there are more than 10,000 U.S. service members and their families living in the city. The network said although local restaurants, shops, and companies welcome the economic benefits of the move, local residents are suffering from increased noise pollution. According to the network, incidents of noise at 70 db levels that lasted more than five seconds were confirmed more than 1,400 times in May alone. The network reported on the results of its opinion poll conducted in Iwakuni from May 18 to 20, which found that 63% of respondents feel that noise pollution has worsened. The network interviewed local residents near MCAS Iwakuni. One said she can no longer hear her television, and another said that although he has been supportive of the U.S. base for the security of Japan, he may come to oppose the base if the noise worsens.

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