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Ginowan mayor treks to Washington lobbying for help in dumping US bases

Date Posted: 2004-07-16

Ginowanís activist mayor, who won election by promising to rid his city of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, is now in Washington to get support in fulfilling his pledge.

Yoichi Iha wants the Marines out of his city by 2008, and is appealing to the US Congress, the Defense Department, the State Department and various community organizations to take his side.
Governor Keiichi Inamine has traveled the same route in the past, looking for similar support. He didnít get it.

Iha is telling how the air pollution, noise pollution and safety issues threaten his community. He wants an interim prohibition on flight training in the residential area, which includes Futenma.

The group will visit the senior Marine commander in the Pacific, Lieutenant General Wallace Gregson, on July 19th, before returning two days later.

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