Scholars, peace activists call for closing bases on Okinawa
About 80 scholars, peace activists and others in the United States have sent a letter to the U.S. government, calling for closing American military bases on Okinawa and withdrawing American troops.
The group also demanded the U.S. government to fully reveal the circumstances and details on the murder case, in which a former Marine was arrested for allegedly murdering and abandoning the body of a 20-year-old woman. The letter said that the public sentiment on Okinawa has been poisoned by more than 70 years of crimes committed by the U.S. military and people related to them, and the existence of a large concentration of U.S. bases.
The letter also called on the U.S. government to start honest discussions with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to tackle the issues.