Poll shows strong Okinawa resistance to US base realignment plan
Four out of five Okinawans oppose a plan to realign U.S. forces on the island prefecture, and more than half want the Marine Corps to leave, according to a poll conducted in the wake of a homicide and other recent crimes involving Americans with ties to the U.S. military.
The survey, conducted May 30-June 1 by the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and Okinawa Television, shows stiffening opposition to a plan that would relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko in the remote north, with 83.8 percent of those polled opposing the plan. That’s a slight increase — 0.8 percent — in opposition since the question was asked in a June 2015 poll, according to the newspaper.
Asked which measures should be used to prevent incidents and accidents related to U.S. military personnel, the most popular answer was, “withdraw all bases from Okinawa,” at 42.9 percent, followed by “reduce and restructure the U.S. military in Okinawa,” at 27.1 percent and “thorough enforcement of training for military personnel” at 19.6 percent, the newspaper reported.
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