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Ambassador Emanuel holds talks with Okinawa mayors of base-hosting communities  

The Friday editions of Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times took up a meeting between Ambassador Emanuel and the leaders of four base-hosting municipalities held at the Naha Consulate General on Thursday. The mayors of Ginowan, Okinawa, Urasoe, and Chatan participated in the session upon the Ambassador’s invitation. The local officials reportedly explained various issues related to U.S. military operations, including noise pollution at MCAS Futenma and Kadena AB which they stressed has become worse due to increased flights. While also complaining that such planes have frequently deviated from predesignated flight routes, the visitors requested that the U.S. military pay more consideration to ease local anxiety. According to Ginowan Mayor Matsukawa, the Ambassador stated in reply that the U.S. military is taking into account the situation of the local communities in conducting training, and that he is calling for the military authorities to continue to do so. The Ambassador also reportedly expressed hope for increased exchanges and coordination between the U.S. military and the local communities.  

 

Okinawa Times also noted that during the closed-door meeting with the mayors, Ambassador Emanuel commented on the situation in the Taiwan Strait by saying: “Relations between China and Taiwan are at high risk. The United States and the U.S. military are strongly committed to the U.S.-Japan Alliance and regional security.” 

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