Okinawa urges Rumsfeld to trim US bases

NAHA (Japan): US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday received a blunt request to downscale US bases in Okinawa during talks with the chief of the southern island. 

Several hundred demonstrators staged rallies near US bases to protest Rumsfeld's first visit to the strategically important island since he was appointed the US defence chief. 

Okinawa governor Keiishi Inamine handed a petition calling for the reduction of US bases in Okinawa to Rumsfeld, who was to fly to South Korea as he concluded a three-day visit to Japan. 

“People of Okinawa, who have been shouldering the excessive burden of US bases over long years, have been firmly calling for resolution of base-related issues,” Inamine said in a statement. 

Following the meeting at Inamine's office here, Rumsfeld told reporters: “US commanders here and throughout the world assure that they can minimise their impact on the local community.” But he stopped short of mentioning any details of future reviews of US bases on the island. – AFP 

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Regional

Covid-19: 1,683 new cases, three deaths bring death toll to 1,169
Covid-19: Cases up by 1,683, bringing total to 313,460 (updated daily)
U.S. defence chief Austin likely to visit India soon-India government source
Over 300 undocumented migrants deported from Sabah following easing of immigration rules
Covid-19: Nigerian variant does not affect ability to detect, trace infected persons
Malaysia needs selfless leaders, says MCA sec-gen
Muhyiddin arrives in Jeddah to begin official visit to Saudi Arabia
5 special airports to discover around the world
U.S. scientists doubtful of one-shot regimen for Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines - WSJ
M’sian teen gets gold in Commonwealth essay competition

Stories You'll Enjoy