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U.S. military informs Okinawa of plan to use Motobu Port

  • September 14, 2019
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , Lead
  • JMH Translation

The Military Base Affairs Division of the Okinawa prefecture office announced on Sept 13 that the U.S. Marines Corps in Okinawa had informed local authorities that its military vessels will use Motobu Port on Sept. 17 and 21. The prefecture asked the U.S. military and the Okinawa Defense Bureau not to use the civilian port, but the U.S. side reportedly replied that it “will need to use the port for training at Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield.” The Military Base Affairs Division explains that “[using Motobu Port] could trigger public anxiety,” asking the U.S. military to “refrain from using the port as it is used by civilian ships.” The U.S. military has used Sonai Port (Yonaguni Town) and Ishigaki Port (Ishigaki City) before for military vessels but it is the first time for the U.S. to request the use of Motobu. (Abridged)

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