• Muscat, Oman


Regarding Yoshio Shimoji’s Feb. 20 letter, “ Futenma is not the only problem“: My plan would be to relocate all U.S. Marine Corps bases currently on Okinawa to Iwo Jima.

In a nutshell, Iwo Jima is large enough to accommodate all marine bases. There is no civilian population. There is an existing runway used by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. It is the same size as Futenma. Most of Iwo Jima is a flat island that is actually rising each year. Rainfall is 135 cm a year, enough to supply drinking water and services.

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