There is a beautiful island in



Where people cherish the bounty of

nature, history and tradition




World Heritage Sites

Traditional Performing Arts, Traditional Crafts

Ritual Festivals

Longevity Diet

Okinawa Prefecture

The rich island located in the southwest

of mainland Japan


The U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

This website will send out

of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa,

issues stemming from the bases,

as well as the U.S. bases and Okinawa’s economy, etc.

information concerning the current situation

Latest News

Re: A Lost Part from a CH-53E (Protest)

Ref: June 7, 2019 Lieutenant General H. Stacy Clardy, III Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force Re: A Lost Part from a CH-53E (Protest) This memo is pertaining to an incident which occurred on June 4th, where a piece of blade tape from a CH-53E fell onto Uranishi Junior High School tenni... Read More





Charm of Okinawa


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Message from the Governor


Denny Tamaki
Governor of Okinawa Prefecture

I am Denny Tamaki, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture. Representing the people of Okinawa, I have been doing everything I can as governor to find solutions to problems that Okinawa faces in a variety of areas.

Okinawa Prefecture was the site of the only ground battle in Japan during World War II. More than 200,000 people, including about 94,000 Okinawans, lost their lives during the fighting. After the war when most of the population on Okinawa was confined to internment camps, the U.S. Military forcibly seized land and built many military bases. Later, in 1951, Japan signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty and reclaimed their sovereignty. However, Okinawa remained under the U.S. military control for 27 years until its reversion to Japan in 1972.


Okinawa Prefectural Government
Washington D.C. Office

The Okinawa Prefectural Government Washington D.C. Office plays a key role in supporting the Governor’s visits to the United States, gathering information pertinent to base issues, and disseminating information about the situation in Okinawa.
The Washington D.C. Office is committed to accurately conveying the Governor’s attitude and ideas and Okinawa’s situation to the United States, realizing the Governor’s pledges, and working to resolve the issues related to Okinawa.

Role of the Washington D.C. Office

  • Gathering information pertinent to base issues
  • Disseminating information about Okinawa’s situation and other matters
  • Supporting the Governor’s visits to the United States
  • Introducing more Okinawa-related publications to the U.S. and improving Okinawa-related research environment

Our Activities

The Result of Okinawa Essay Contest

The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection jointly held Okinawa Essay Contest to create an opportunity to research/study on Okinawan culture, economics, history, politics, and society, including U.S. military base issues on Okinawa, and to foster the u... Read More

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