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East-West Center survey: Many Okinawans under 45 don’t have strong views on military bases

  • April 25, 2019
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the results of the East-West Center’s recent survey of people in Okinawa aged between 20 and 45 who were born and raised after the reversion of Okinawa to Japan in 1972. The report compiled by the Hawaii-based think tank found that although a majority of the respondents support the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, many of them feel that Okinawa hosts far more than its fair share of U.S. forces. Two-thirds of the respondents said they have positive feelings about U.S. military personnel, but think the SOFA should be reviewed with regard to incidents and accidents involving U.S. military personnel and environmental issues. Concerning the FRF construction at Henoko, the report said most respondents did not support the project. Ryukyu Shimpo quoted Daniel Chinen, the East-West Center’s representative in Okinawa, as saying that the people of Okinawa are angry at the Japanese government for ignoring their voices.

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