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.
☆Governor Nakaima’s speech and reference materials from his participation at The Okinawa Question held on in Washington, D.C.
- U.S.Military Base Issues in Okinawa ［October 2012］
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
There are 20 air spaces and 28 water areas designated as training areas for U.S. Forces in Okinawa, the fishing industry and private aircrafts are restricted from entering into those areas for their operation.
Military Base Affairs Division, Executive Office of the Governor
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