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Okinawa's Rich Culture - Impacts of U.S. Military Bases

The island of Okinawa, Japan is a critical geostrategic location for Japan and the United States. The Center for National Security & Foreign Affairs at the Baker School is hosting Kazuyuki Nakazato, Director of Okinawa Prefecture DC Office, will speak about the history of Okinawa, its geopolitical characteristics, and the experience of U.S. and Japanese military base formation since WWII, which led to the present complex situation and Okinawa's uniqueness. He will address current problems and challenges in Okinawa, such as noise and environmental pollution, and impacts on the island's culture, and discuss the Okinawa Prefecture government's efforts to address these issues in a rapidly changing security environment.

Join us at the Baker School of Public Policy, or via live webcast at

Wednesday, September 13 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Toyota Auditorium
1640 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996