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New Okinawa governor plans US tour to raise military base issues

The newly elected governor of Japan s Okinawa said Friday he will take the island s long-running concerns about US military bases there directly to Americans when he visits the country next week. Denny Tamaki, born to a Japanese mother and an American US Marine father, said he wanted to see Tokyo and Washington spread the burden of hosting US troops more evenly across Japan. I am not asking for immediate shutdown and withdrawal of US bases, he told a press conference in Tokyo. The reality that the Okinawan people face is that we don t know to whom we should voice our frustration, Tamaki said. He will go to Washington and New York to meet with local politicians and journalists and said he was hopeful his mixed background would help persuade Americans to recognise the views of Okinawans. After the (US) midterm elections, I as a person who has roots to both Japan and the US am going there. I hope it will have a media impact, he added. Okinawa accounts for less than one percent of ..

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