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Base Issues in Historical Context

   Any attempt to analyze this incident would be incomplete unless it takes into consideration the historical background. In order to put the issues into proper perspective, it is necessary to examine not only contemporary social and political factors, but also the history of American military presence in Japan. In this section we plan to make available materials from a wide variety of sources in order to help put military base issues into perspective.

   U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is located in the center of Ginowan City, Okinawa, Japan. It is surrounded by densely populated urban neighbor- hoods. Giant U.S. military cargo planes frequent the base. Helicopter training exercises at very low altitudes take place over the heads of residents on a daily basis. Numerous accidents over the years indisputably prove that safety is a serious problem.

Ginowan City

Basic Facts about Ginowan City and
Futenma Air Base



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