Naha – Okinawa Prefecture has called on the central government to scrap a plan to relocate a U.S. air base within the prefecture in its new proposals for creating a "peaceful and prosperous" future, which was released Saturday ahead of this month's 50th anniversary of the island's reversion to Japan.
The proposals also request a drastic review of the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, as Okinawa hosts the bulk of U.S. military installations in the country and after a spate of crimes and accidents involving U.S. soldiers and base personnel that have angered residents. They view the agreement as overly protective of U.S. service members and civilian base workers if they are implicated in unlawful acts.
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