Okinawa Prefectural Government regards the Japan-U.S. alliance as vital. However, we have a concentration of 73.9% of the exclusive use facilities and areas of U.S. Forces in Japan in a land area that is no more than 0.6% of the national land area. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce and consolidate U.S. military bases in Okinawa.
With the realization of land returns of U.S. military bases south of Kadena Air Base, we can anticipate positive economic and employment impacts through effective land use.
Establish the prefecture as a hub of exchange by taking advantage of our geographical location, to bridge people, goods, and information between mainland Japan and other Asian nations. It is our desire to actively promote international contribution and do our part for peace and advancement of the Asia-Pacific region.
Most facilities for U.S. Forces are located in Okinawa Island; taking up to 18.4% of its land area. Land area of Okinawa Island is roughly 1/3 that of Rhode Island, which is the smallest state in the U.S.
Land Area of Okinawa Prefecture:
2,276.15 k㎡/ 878.73 mi²
Land Area of Okinawa Island:
1,207.99 k㎡ / 466.40 mi²
Land Area of facilities, exclusively used by the U.S. Forces:
228.18 k㎡ / 88.10 mi²
U.S.Military Bases and Facilities on Okinawa Island & Its Vicinity
U.S.Bases and Okinawa's Economy
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
The Plan to Relocate MCAS Futenma to the Henoko District of Nago