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The number of overseas U.S. bases hits all-time postwar low

  • November 26, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times , Lead story
  • JMH Translation

According to the Base Structure Report for the U.S. in fiscal 2018 (October 2017 to September 2018) released by the U.S. Department of Defense, the total number of overseas U.S. military bases is 514, a record low since the end of World War II in 1945, the Okinawa Times learned on Nov. 25. This represents a significant reduction, 247 bases  (about 32.5%), over the last 10 years (compared with fiscal 2008), but U.S. military bases in Japan were only reduced by 3. The fact that a majority of overseas U.S. Marine bases are concentrated in Okinawa remains unchanged.


The 514 overseas bases as of fiscal 2018 are located in 40 countries (Army, 202; Navy, 123; Air Force, 166; and Marine Corps, 23). The number for fiscal 2008 was 761 (Army, 327; Navy, 149; Air Force, 259; and Marine Corps, 26).


Overseas U.S. Marine bases in fiscal 2008 were distributed as follows: Kenya, 1; South Korea, 1; Japan, 24 (Okinawa, 15; Camp Fuji, 2; Iwakuni, 2; undisclosed, 5). In fiscal 2018, the distribution was as follows: South Korea, 1; Japan, 22 (Okinawa, 13; Camp Fuji, 1; Iwakuni, 1; undisclosed, 7). The concentration in Okinawa remains unchanged. Germany hosts the largest number of overseas U.S. military bases, followed by Japan and South Korea. (Abridged)


The number of the U.S. military bases overseas

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