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More than half of US military personnel in Japan are stationed in Okinawa, the smallest and most southern of the 47 prefectures in the country.
The total number of US military in Japan is 44,000. In Okinawa, a series of islands removed from the main island of Honshu, the figure is just under 23,000.
To compare the size of Okinawa and several locations in the United States, see below:
Okinawa: 877 sq miles (2,271 km²)
Rhode Island: 1,212 sq miles (3,140 km²)
Maui: 727 sq miles (1,884 km²)
Okinawa is thus roughly 72% the size of of the state of Rhode Island. With 22,772 soldiers and marines - the majority are marines - in the prefecture, that would equal 16,395 foreign armed military personnel in Rhode Island.
The 32 US bases in Okinawa moreover occupy roughly 20% of the land area of the prefecture.
Thus, bases to house the above 16,395 armed, very fit, battle-ready young men (and a small percentage of women) far from home would occupy 242 square miles of the Ocean State.
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