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OBC report triggers new wave of Okinawa protests

Date Posted: 2005-09-01

Saying it “doesn’t meet the wishes of the people of Okinawa,” the Okinawa governor’s office has blasted the final report issued by the Overseas Basing Commission.

The Congressional unit, appointed to study overseas military basing and missions in much the same way as the Base Realignment and Closure Commission has done for stateside bases, has announced it thinks Okinawa military units should stay pretty much as they are. The August report noted that “Okinawa is a strategic linchpin” to U.S. interests in Asia, and recommended only that Futenma Marine Corps Air Station be closed and the units moved to Kadena Air Base and to mainland Japan.

“All other Marine Corps assets should remain”, the report flatly stated, a position that flies in the face of Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine’s contention the forces should be shifted out of Okinawa to the U.S. or Guam.

There are already discussions that Futenma’s helicopter units should move to Kadena, a move that riles Kadena Mayor Tokujitsu Miyagi as well as his colleagues in Chatan and Okinawa City. They oppose any change in Kadena’s structure, and are in fact lobbying for reductions in the Air Force mission in their neighborhoods.

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