OKINAWA (FOX) – U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled to Okinawa on Wednesday to build support for a new plan to relocate an American military base.
The plan would move the Futenma Air Station from Ginowan City to the Henoko District of Nago.
It's backed by the U.S. government, and Kennedy, America's Ambassador to Japan, says the intention is to reduce the impact of a U.S. military presence in Okinawa.
But, not everyone is on board with the idea. Many in Okinawa want the base closed entirely and moved off the island.
"...An important reminder that at the same time as we honor the past sacrifices of those who gave their lives, we must celebrate the present and work as hard as we can to build a peaceful and prosperous world for our children and grandchildren," Kennedy said. "..That world will also include a reduction in the impact of the U.S. military presence here in Okinawa. The United States is committed to working with you and the government of Japan to make that happen as rapidly as possible."
Half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are on Okinawa, which takes up less than 1 percent of Japanese territory.
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