MCAS Futenma, Japan
The United States operates the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.
In 1945, the United States constructed the MCAS Futenma airfield after the Battle of Okinawa, the Allied invasion of the island.
As you can see, Futenma is positioned in the middle of a city. Ginowan City contains a population of 99,661 people. Many local residents despise the airbase for its noise, soil and water pollution. Protests frequently cause commotions outside Futenma’s gates.
The United Nations leverages Futenma as an air distribution facility for service in times of catastrophe.
Every year, the Futenma Flight Line Fair attracts thousands of spectators with entertainment, aircraft displays, and military demonstrations. Around 70,000 onlookers visited the 2013 festivities.
Political tension boils over the ongoing debate of airbase relocation.