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Okinawa leader holds talks with top Marine official

  • April 13, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times highlighted a courtesy call paid on Governor Tamaki by the Okinawa Area Coordinator, Marine Lt. Gen. Bierman, on Tuesday. The Marine official reportedly proposed establishing a bilateral framework for discussions so that the two sides can exchange opinions regularly to address and resolve problems related to training and bases. While welcoming what he called the  military officer’s “constructive” proposal, the governor conveyed his concerns about a broad range of issues, such as noise pollution at MCAS Futenma and Kadena AB, PFAS contamination around U.S. installations, COVID-19 prevention protocols on base, and flight training. The general reportedly promised to reduce the impact of training and operations on local residents as much as possible. The governor invited Bierman to attend the May 15 ceremony on Okinawa reversion. This was the first meeting between the two officials since the general assumed his post last November.   

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