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Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa

By: 
Jon Mitchell

Contamination at Largest US Air Force Base in Asia: Kadena, Okinawa | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Located in the center of Okinawa Island, Kadena Air Base is the largest United States Air Force installation in Asia.

Equipped with two 3.7 kilometer runways and thousands of hangars, homes and workshops, the base and its adjoining arsenal at Chibana sprawl across 46 square kilometers of Okinawa's main island. Approximately 20,000 American service members, contractors and their families live or work here alongside 3,000 Japanese employees. More than 16,000 Okinawans own the land upon which the installation sits.1