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Acceptance of U.S. bases in Okinawa all-time high

Date Posted: 2001-05-25

The Japanese Government disclosed Saturday results of a survey that was conducted in February regarding people’s opinions on the existence of the U.S. bases in Okinawa.

According to the survey, 45.7 percent of people approve the existence of the U.S. bases or say that they are “unavoidable” whereas 44.4 percent say that the bases should go. This marks the first time that people who approve U.S. bases outnumber those who oppose them.

The survey shows that most women are against the bases. According to age, people in their forties and fifties have the most positive attitude about the bases. 30-year olds are divided equally, and the rest are against. The survey will be used as a guide when the Cabinet Office makes a new development plan for Okinawa.

Koji Omi, the minister for Okinawa and the Northern Territories said that he appreciates the results of the survey, and emphasized the importance of the U.S. bases for the peace and stability of Japan and Asia.

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