Japan: Okinawan governor to voice military base issue during official US visit

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The newly-elected Governor of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, Denny Tamaki, said he will bring up the island’s concerns over its US military presence when he visits Washington next week, while speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday.

Tamaki, who was born to a Japanese mother and a US marine, said he wanted to see Tokyo and Washington spread the burden of hosting US troops more evenly across Japan, saying that while Okinawa “is only 0.6 percent of the total territory of Japan, 70.3 percent of the US military presence is based in Okinawa,” Tamaki said.

He did add, however, that “overall, I am in support of the structure, or the security relationship, between Japan and the United States.”

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