Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki requested Thursday that the Japanese and U.S. governments set a goal of having his prefecture host 50% or less of the total U.S. bases in Japan.
Currently, 70.3% of U.S. bases in the country are concentrated in the southernmost prefecture in terms of exclusive-use area.
Tamaki made the request during his meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo.
Kato stopped short of directly replying to the request, only telling the governor that the central government was responsible for reducing Okinawa’s heavy burden of hosting U.S. bases since the end of World War II…
I think it isn’t as clearly stated as it could be. The way I understand the governor’s request, is to reduce the US presence on Okinawa such that it only represents 50 percent of the current US military presence in its entirely in Japan. In other words, take 20 percent (or 20/70) from the 70 percent currently in Okinawa and move it to the main islands of Japan proper, so that the division of the burden of US military presence is 50/50 with the main islands, rather than most of the burden being placed on Okinawa. This is actually more than reasonable. I’m certain that many of the residents feel that request doesn’t go far enough. The current LDP administration is doing poorly so they are trying to appear to consider the request which they and the US have basically been ignoring for decades.