Another reason why the U.S. bases in Okinawa should not be removed is that they do good to the economy in Okinawa in many ways. According to Military Base Affairs Office of Okinawa prefecture, total revenue from military-related transactions in 2002 is no less than 193.1 billion yen and accounts for 5% of gross prefectural expenditure. Actually, the number of servicemen, American civilian to the army, and their family members is so large that local people cannot lose them. Military Base Affairs Office also reports that the number of these people at the end of September, 2009 is 44,895 and that their expenditure in 2002 amounts to 52.5 billion yen. In fact, this expenditure number does not include the cost of construction, maintenance and equipment such as a washing machine, a refrigerator and an air-conditioner as well as the cost of construction by the bases, so the number can rise more.
Moreover, if the bases are taken away, lots of Japanese base employees will certainly lose their jobs. According to Military Base Affairs Office, 9014 people worked for them as of the end of March, 2009 and total amount of salaries of them in 2002 was 54 billion yen. Taking bad economy in Okinawa into consideration, they are rather rich compared to others there. If they are forced to stop earning, the consumption will decline significantly. In addition, the amount of rent for land occupied by military facilities is tremendous, and it has supported the economy in Okinawa strongly. Statistics by Military Base Affairs Office show that the total rent in 2002 reached as much as 86.9 billion yen. Yasuo Kurima, an economist and a professor at Okinawa International University, states that the amount of the rent has climbed sharply despite the bad Okinawan enonomy in order to make landowners content. As a matter of fact, he admits withdrawal of the U.S. armed forces would do harm to the economy in Okinawa while he insists that it disappears. Likewise, Takeo Taira, a chief of the USFJ Base Network Union (one of labor unions of base employees), remarks that redevelopment of the bases sites as a commercial district would just do as harm to other places as it would do good to the new place so that the rent for occupied land is crucial. As mentioned above, the U.S. military bases located in Okinawa make a major contribution to the local economy.