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Sun May 30, 2021, 02:05 PM

Denny Tamaki seeks cut in Okinawa's U.S. base burden to half that of Japan

Japan Times May 28

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki requested Thursday that the Japanese and U.S. governments set a goal of having his prefecture host 50% or less of the total U.S. bases in Japan.

Currently, 70.3% of U.S. bases in the country are concentrated in the southernmost prefecture in terms of exclusive-use area.

Tamaki made the request during his meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo.

Kato stopped short of directly replying to the request, only telling the governor that the central government was responsible for reducing Okinawa’s heavy burden of hosting U.S. bases since the end of World War II...


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