Japan to comprehensively review alliance with U.S.: Hatoyama
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Posted 10/29/09
Japan to comprehensively review alliance with U.S.: Hatoyama

Thursday 29th October, 02:53 PM JST

TOKYO —

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama reiterated Thursday his government will ‘‘comprehensively review’’ the Japan-U.S. alliance, but added it will continue to deepen the bilateral ties in a ‘‘multilayered’’ way.

‘‘As I have repeatedly said, the Japan-U.S. alliance is the cornerstone of Japan’s foreign policy,’’ Hatoyama said at a House of Councillors plenary session.

But the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan said his government, which took power in mid-September, will comprehensively review the status of the alliance on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the revision of the bilateral security treaty next year.

‘‘Through the review and in a medium- to long-term perspective, we will deepen the ties in a multilayered way,’’ he said.

He made the comments after Yoshimasa Hayashi, an opposition Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker, accused the government for having sent ‘‘wrong messages’’ to the United States, Japan’s closest ally, and urged him to establish a solid policy on the Futenma issue and the status of U.S. troops in Japan before U.S. President Barack Obama visits Japan on Nov 12 to 13.

Hatoyama said that his government is seriously examining the 2006 Japan-U.S. deal to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station from a densely populated area in Okinawa Prefecture and that he is the one who will make a final decision on the matter amid differing opinions among some of his cabinet members.

One of such cabinet members is Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. Speaking to the plenary session, Okada said a plan he recently floated to move the facility to the nearby U.S. Kadena Air Base is his own personal idea and not a government plan.

He last week proposed transferring the Futenma air station in the city of Ginowan to the Kadena base to lighten the burden of people in the city, instead of building a new base in Nago, another city in Okinawa, in line with the 2006 agreement.

‘‘We are examining it and would like to come up with a conclusion as quickly as possible,’’ the foreign minister said.

But the plan has sparked a backlash from people in the town of Kadena and raised eyebrows among lawmakers of the DPJ’s coalition partners, such as Mizuho Fukushima, leader of the pacifist Social Democratic Party, who has claimed the plan helped little ease the burden of local people.

The previous LDP-led government agreed with the United States in 2006 to relocate the facility to Nago as part of a broad realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, but the new government has promised to review the deal to ease the burden of Okinawa, which has hosted the majority of U.S. forces in Japan.

But Hatoyama, Okada and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa have recently made comments that differ from each other, causing confusion both at home and in Washington.

On the second day of Diet interpellations, Hatoyama also said he will rein in the issuance of additional bonds as much as possible despite a continuing decline of tax revenues.

Hatoyama was responding to Hayashi, who called him out for his recent remarks that could be taken as contradicting his earlier pledge to implement a series of economic steps without issuing fresh bonds.

‘‘You have said you can secure enough funds’’ for the DPJ’s key campaign pledges such as monthly allowances for families with children by cutting wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money, Hayashi said.

On Hatoyama’s political fund scandal, Hayashi said he should explain the case with his own words at parliament.

But the new premier said he thinks it is important to realize what he has pledged with voters, as many of them have chosen his DPJ over the LDP in the House of Representatives election in August.

His political funds management body has been found to have falsely reported donations from people who were already deceased.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/hatoyama-says-japan-to-comprehensively-review-alliance-with-us
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alright that's it! someone get jeb bush in office we're coup de'tating their ass! no more pansy oooooh military base is too frightening near the city crap....its been there for what now? 60 years? if someone complains about guantanamo bay....i swaer!
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Sorry for a freaking BUMP! But I just love this topic overall.

Anyone to defend USA's acts in Japan is to get a brain transplant. As to why US is originally stationed in Japan is obvious. How else are they to keep Asia in a tight grip?
Are you going to justify bombing that occurred at the very end of the war? Are you really serious thinking that Japan would continue the war even after Germany fell? How were the Japanese civilians a threat to world order and peace?
Do you really think USA is keeping Japan from going wild and attacking nearby countries? What age do you think we're living in?

Japan belongs to the Japanese people. Period.
If they want the US off their lands, then they have every damn single right to demand it.
The war is over. There's no threat.

Japan doesn't have a military force of its own that would be capable of attacking.
Japan doesn't have a military force that's capable of protecting it's own people.
Who prevents Japan from establishing a military? - USA.
Why? - because that's the only excuse for them to stay in Japan. "Protecting the Japanese people from invaders"
Invaders you say? - the only country that had invaded as for the past few decades was the US.

For peat's sake open your eyes. USA is not the world order. It's the world arse needle. It pokes its nose into every military, economical, social, whatever affair that has no relation to it.

Did you know that Japan and Russia are still in a state of war since World War II? Why you ask? US insistently kills every chance to sign a peace treaty. Is that what you call world order and peace?
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somebadguy711 wrote:

Sorry for a freaking BUMP! But I just love this topic overall.

Anyone to defend USA's acts in Japan is to get a brain transplant. As to why US is originally stationed in Japan is obvious. How else are they to keep Asia in a tight grip?
Are you going to justify bombing that occurred at the very end of the war? Are you really serious thinking that Japan would continue the war even after Germany fell? How were the Japanese civilians a threat to world order and peace?
Do you really think USA is keeping Japan from going wild and attacking nearby countries? What age do you think we're living in?

Japan belongs to the Japanese people. Period.
If they want the US off their lands, then they have every damn single right to demand it.
The war is over. There's no threat.

Japan doesn't have a military force of its own that would be capable of attacking.
Japan doesn't have a military force that's capable of protecting it's own people.
Who prevents Japan from establishing a military? - USA.
Why? - because that's the only excuse for them to stay in Japan. "Protecting the Japanese people from invaders"
Invaders you say? - the only country that had invaded as for the past few decades was the US.

For peat's sake open your eyes. USA is not the world order. It's the world arse needle. It pokes its nose into every military, economical, social, whatever affair that has no relation to it.

Did you know that Japan and Russia are still in a state of war since World War II? Why you ask? US insistently kills every chance to sign a peace treaty. Is that what you call world order and peace?


I totally agree.
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Oh... this has got me interested. I don't know a lot about this though. Uhm 1980's 90's Japan was buying up lots of American land and debt the US started getting concerned... I think import restrictions and stuff caused some scuffling... Japan funded a big part of Desert Storm... it sent troops to the Iraq war...

Russia is more of a threat to the pipe lines north of Israel than anything. They've got so many of their own problems. China though communist is a a hybrid? they can't support their progress w/o something ~in the form~ of a free market economy. China invading Japan seems a bit ludicrous (Hong Kong?). North Korea is just a thug everyone has a gun reserved for. The EU might become more of a economic power. So unless huge natural castrophies happen I don't see the need to hedge US troops in the region beyond maintaining joint task force capabilities... but this isn't something I know much about.... but I'm trying!
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