Besides visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both known for being hit by atomic bombs during WWII, award-winning director Oliver Stone visited Okinawa to know more about the military base issues in the island. Stone’s trip to the southern island took place the day before the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces, thus ending the Second World War in the Pacific region. During his stay, the American director concluded that U.S. military bases in Okinawa are “no longer necessary.”
Most of the places Stone visited played a role during the war. He also met with Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City. The city’s chief official is known for his opposition to the transfer of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from its current base in Ginowan to the city of Nago. The sea off the Henoko Port, the prospect site as the new location of USMC Air Station Futenma, was included in the itinerary of the director’s trip to Okinawa. Stone was disappointed that the island, known for having suffered tremendous losses because of the war 68 years ago, will only become another U.S. military base.
Albeit being American, Stone is known for his unreserved opinion about the United States when it comes to his country’s military and war involvements. While in Okinawa, Stone expressed what he thinks about the United States. He believes that the U.S. wants to keep its military bases in the Pacific region as it looks for new enemies.