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U.S. House thanks Okinawa for support

Date Posted: 2010-07-01

The U.S. House of Representatives sent an olive branch winging its way toward Okinawa this week, adopting a resolution that “expresses its appreciation to the people of Japan, and especially on Okinawa, for their continued hosting of the United States Armed Forces.”

Congressmen passed the resolution by a majority vote as they commemorated the 50th anniversary of the security treaty between the U.S. and Japan. They called on Japan to deepen cooperation for another 50 years under the treaty, encouraging Japan to continue its international role in humanitarian, development and environmental issues. The resolution “recognizes Japan as an indispensable security partner of the United States in providing peace, prosperity and stability to the Asia-Pacific region.

The move by the U.S. House of Representatives has left Hirokazu Nakaima scratching his head. Okinawa’s governor reacted to the resolution from his Naha City office, saying he’s “sort of perplexed”.

A similar resolution is expected to come from the U.S. Senate in the next few days.

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