82 percent of Okinawan people oppose deployment of more Osprey to Okinawa

July 17, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Ryukyu Shimpo and the Kyodo News Service have carried out a telephone opinion poll of Okinawan people asking about moving more Osprey to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Of those surveyed, 82.3 percent opposed the plan and 6.5 percent supported it.
The U.S. and Japanese governments plan to deploy 12 more MV-22 Osprey aircraft to Futenma Air Station at the beginning of August following on from the stationing of the first squadron of Osprey there last October. The majority of Okinawan people oppose the plan.

In the poll, 29.9 percent of those surveyed demanded that Futenma Air Station be moved outside Japan. Around 24 percent of them want the base moved to other areas in the Japanese main islands. People demanding the unconditional closure and removal of the base accounted for 19.6 percent of those surveyed. Around 10 percent supported the plan to move the base to the Henoko district of Nago as agreed to by the U.S. and Japanese governments. About 70 percent opposed the plan to move the base somewhere within Okinawa.

On amendments to the Constitution, 10.4 percent of the people surveyed favored total revision of the constitution. About 20 percent supported partial revision including war-renouncing Article Nine. About 14 percent favored partial revision of the constitution except that article. About 33 percent opposed its revision.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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