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Okinawa governor asks GOJ to reduce base-hosting burden

  • May 28, 2021
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki asked Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato and Defense Minister Kishi on Thursday to set a goal of reducing the ratio of U.S. military facilities in Okinawa from the current 70% to 50% or less of the total land area in Japan used by the U.S. military and make efforts for its realization. Tamaki is pursuing the goal in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s reversion to Japan in May 2022. The governor also asked the senior GOJ officials to suspend operations at MACS Futenma at an early date and give up on the plan to relocate Futenma’s functions to Henoko. Sankei wrote that Tamaki also visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to deliver a written request for U.S. base reductions.

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