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With the election of Denny Tamaki as governor of Okinawa, the people’s voices have been heard. The U.S. military bases have always been a contentious issue for all of us living in Okinawa. I am reminded of this each and every morning as another military flight takes off near my house or another vile act is committed by an American service member.

The continuous push by the U.S. government to accept the expansion of Camp Schwab is a slap in the face of every Okinawan citizen, as is the demand we continue to accept the large burden of hosting the majority of American military bases throughout Japan.

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