Thursday, May 10, 2012

69% of Okinawans say concentration of U.S. bases in their prefecture 'unfair': poll

Sixty-nine percent of Okinawans say the heavy concentration of U.S. military facilities in their prefecture is "unfair," while only 33 percent of people in Japan as a whole echo that view, according to surveys conducted by the Mainichi and the Ryukyu Shimpo newspapers.

While the nationwide survey conducted by the Mainichi on May 5 and 6 shows only 33 percent of people think it is "unfair" that more than 70 percent of U.S. military facilities in Japan are concentrated in Okinawa Prefecture, 69 percent of people in Okinawa polled by the Ryukyu Shimpo believe it is unfair for their prefecture to shoulder the burden. The surveys were conducted ahead of the 40th anniversary on May 15 of the return of Okinawa from the United States to Japan.

The Mainichi survey has found 79 percent of people in Japan as a whole think Okinawa's reversion to Japan was "good," while 80 percent of Okinawans polled by the Ryukyu Shimpo think the same way. Read More