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Okinawa Studies Research Guide: Government Resources

This guide to introduce you to resources on contemporary Okinawan issues.

Governmental Resources in Okinawa

Governmental Resources outside Okinawa

Governmental Resources in the U.S.


Photo of US Marine Corps Air Base Futenma, Ginowan City, Okinawa

U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa: United States Government Documents (released through FOIA requests)

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The Collection is categorized into three topics:

  • The impact of U.S. military operations on Okinawa’s environment
  • Natural, archeological and cultural surveys of U.S. military facilities on Okinawa
  • US Marine Corps orientation lectures and CIA intelligence reports for Okinawa

This collection of U.S. government documents was released through a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests pursued by Jon Mitchell, British journalist and author, who has done extensive work exposing human rights issues on Okinawa. The documents originated in the US Department of Defense (Marine Corps, Army and Air Force) and CIA, and reveal the social, cultural and environmental impacts of the US military operations on Okinawa and Okinawans.To learn more about Jon Mitchell and his work, please visit his website.

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