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Article 6 of the Japan-U.S. Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security states: “For the purpose of contributing to the security of Japan and the maintenance of international peace and security in the Far East, the United States of America is granted the use by its land, air and naval forces of facilities and areas in Japan.” The “land, air and naval forces” in the English version are defined in the Japanese version as none other than the “Army, Air Force and Navy.”

My claim is that the marine corps is an independent service of the navy and therefore should not be stationed in Okinawa.

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