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Iwakuni is a city in southerwesterm Japan.

Military Base Controversy

  • In a sunday, March 12 referendum opposing expansion of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station operations is approved by 87% of voters in Japanese city of Iwakuni, with a turnout of 58.6%. The proposed expansion increases the number of troops from 3,500 to around 5,100, and increases the number of aircraft from the existing 53 by 57 aircraft, including fighters attached the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. Source: Patrick Goodenough. "Japan, US Proceed With Military Bases Plan Despite Opposition." Cybercast News Service. March 13, 2006.

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