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Governor Onaga’s First Visit to the United States

From May 30 to June 4, 2015, Governor Takeshi Onaga visited the United States and had the opportunity to meet directly with 19 people from the State Department and Department of Defense, members of Congress and other recognized experts. It was very meaningful that the Governor was able to explain the situation Okinawa faces in a detailed and accurate manner through those meetings.

A particularly noteworthy outcome of the Governor’s visit was his meeting with Senator John McCain, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking member on the committee. Senator McCain expressed his desire to continue a constructive dialogue with Governor Onaga.

Consideration is being made for Governor Onaga to visit the United States as the need arises.

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Meeting with Senate McCain, Chairman of the U.S. Armed Services Committee and Vice Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Reed

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Meeting with Sen. Thad Cochran, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations

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Meeting with Rep. Charlie Dent, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies within the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations

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Meeting with Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies within the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations

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Meeting with Ms. Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

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Meeting with Mr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia & Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

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Cutting the tape at the opening of the Okinawa Collection at the George Washington University Library

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Joint press conference at the National Press Club