60% of elderly in Okinawa oppose hosting military bases

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60% of elderly in Okinawa oppose hosting military bases

Some 60% of elderly people in Okinawa Prefecture feel it is unfair that the prefecture continues to bear a burden by hosting many U.S. military bases five decades after its return to Japanese rule, while younger generations tend to accept the status quo, a survey has found.

The survey conducted in August and September last year by the Okinawa Prefectural Government covered 5,000 residents, asking them about any requests they have for local authorities over U.S. bases and issues, including child poverty. 69% of respondents gave valid answers.

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