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Charles E. Morrison’s opinion piece “Younger Okinawans’ view of U.S. bases isn’t black and white” in the May 8 edition seems to be trying to put lipstick on a pig. A search for a silver lining in a dark cloud cannot hide the fact that the majority of Okinawans want the U.S. military out. The surveyed “millennial plus” segment of the population constitutes about 40 percent of Okinawan voters. One-third of this “post-reversion” generation opposes the U.S. military presence. When this opposition is added to the apparent overwhelming opposition by those voters over age 45, the picture is crystal clear. The majority of the Okinawan voting population does not want the American bases — period.

Morrison seems to be grasping at straws. It seems like he is saying “wait for the old generation to die off and then maybe the millennials who replace them will be more supportive of the American military presence.”

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