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Majority of mayors favor Futenma transfer

Date Posted: 2002-05-17

A survey among the mayors of Okinawa Prefecture's 52 municipalities shows that 65 percent of them favor the plan to move MCAS Futenma to a new site in Nago City. 60 percent sees that the joint civilian and military use of the new facility is a good thing.

As for reasons why they favor the move, most cited the reduction of noise and danger in densely populated Futenma area. Many also said that the move would help promote the economical development of northern Okinawa. Slightly less than 60 percent of the mayors agree with Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine's demand for a 15-year limit for the military use of the new facility.

On other issues a clear majority of 65.4 percent of the mayors favor the planned move of Naha Military Port to a new location in Urasoe on reclaimed land off Camp Kinser. And a whopping 85 percent of them think that Governor Inamine is doing a good job in his position. No one considers him a bad governor.

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