US Mulls Sharing Okinawa Munitions Depot with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces

Japanese government sources said Saturday that the U.S. military could share its ammunition depots in Okinawa with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to enhance their operational coordination in defending its southwestern islands.

According to reports, the SDF’s use of U.S. ammunition storehouses would be advantageous in responding to a contingency.

However, Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki said that defense facility sharing would add to residents’ anxiety, considering that residents have complained of the presence of UN military facilities in their island prefecture.

Earlier, China has shown increasing assertiveness in the East China Sea and the Japanese territorial waters around Diaoyu, the uninhibited Tokyo-controlled, Senkaku Islands.

In January, the defense and foreign ministers of both countries agreed to promote joint use of military facilities in a chain of islands in Japan’s southwest, including Okinawa.

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