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A Briefing with Mayor of Nago City on Capitol Hill, Wed., Feb. 8th 2012 11am-Noon

Okinawa Marine Bases and U.S. Military Spending

 —–Can we close the Futenma Marine Base

Without Constructing Additional Marine Bases in Okinawa? —-

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Hosted by Nago City & Network for Okinawa

When: Wednesday, February 8th 2012 11am-Noon

Where: 2456 Rayburn House Office

Who: Susumu Inamine, Mayor of Nago City, Okinawa, Japan

         John Feffer, Network for Okinawa, Institute for Policy Studies

What: A briefing with the Mayor of Nago-City, Okinawa and Japanese Parliament

Member to talk about U.S. military spending and closing the Futenma

Marine Corps Air Station

To RSVP, please send an e-mail to nagomayorvisit2012@gmail.com

★ Futenma Marine Corps Air Station

Okinawa, or the “Island of Military Bases,” stations 33 U.S. military

bases. Futenma is the most controversial base located in the center of

Ginowan City. In 1995, an elementary student was raped by three service

members from the U.S. Marines, and in 2004, a helicopter crashed into a

local university. These high profile incidents fueled much public unrest

and anger as well as media coverage within Okinawa.

On January 25, 2012, Representatives Barney Frank, Rush D. Holt, Barbara

Lee, and Lynn C. Woolsey sent a letter to President Obama requesting

that the U.S. Marines withdraw from Okinawa.

★ 2006 Realignment Plan To Nago City

Under the 2006 Realignment Plan, the American and Japanese governments

have developed plans to build new military facilities in Henoko, Nago

City, Okinawa, as a precondition for closing the Futenma military base.

The relocation would destroy a valuable ecosystem including 400 species

of corals, endangered turtles and dugongs (marine manatees). Local

residents have staged a permanent protest that has lasted over 2,000

days. In fact, U.S. District Court judge ruled that developing these

plans without proper assessment in Henoko violates U.S. law.

★ Public Opposition

More than 90% of Okinawans want the Futenma military base closed without

opening any new bases in Okinawa. It is unlikely that any new facility

would be operationally feasible or politically sustainable. A strong

U.S.-Japan alliance requires a strong relationship between Tokyo and

Okinawa, but the controversy of U.S. military realignment has only

caused “turmoil and instability.”

★ Reduction in Military Spending

It is vital for the U.S. to make fundamental adjustments with regards to

our security strategy so that our military can continue to protect us as

effectively as possible while spending less federal money. Reducing our

troops in Asia without compromising our security is a necessary

condition.

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    For more information contact John Feffer at johnf@ipc-dc.org or 202-234-9382

                               www.CloseTheBase.org

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