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Posted 5/17/15

Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa on Sunday to protest a controversial U.S. air base, as a two-decade-old bitter row over its relocation drags on.

Okinawa is home to more than half of the U.S. service personnel stationed in Japan under the bilateral defense alliance, a proportion many islanders say is too high.



http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/17/national/politics-diplomacy/thousands-protest-u-s-futenma-base-in-okinawa/#.VVlWXEdHarU
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Posted 5/17/15 , edited 5/17/15


Now on a serious note.

Yeah, I'd be made as hell too if I was living in those conditions.

Damn helicopters and C130's flying around 24/7...
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Posted 5/17/15
Not saying they love American soldiers but sounds like their issue is mainly with the mainland Japan.
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Posted 5/17/15

bensonc120 wrote:

Not saying they love American soldiers but sounds like their issue is mainly with the mainland Japan.


I'd be interested to know how the military families are treated when they venture off base. I don't remember any incidents, or my parents telling me of any they experienced, when my family lived there back in the 90's. Then again, like you said, it seems they Okinawans are more pissed at the mainland than the US military.
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Posted 5/17/15
You may also recall that in WW2 this was one of the most difficult capture points in the entire war. It's a very good strategic position, so it actually makes a lot of sense to have it fortified as an air base, considering that the only other approach is by sea...
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Posted 5/17/15
Just look at the Philippines, they wanted the Americans out and they got it but now that China is messing with everyone, the Philippines is crying like baby for help from the US. I hope it doesn't turn into that again.
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Posted 5/18/15
I heard about this issue on NHK. Hope everything works out.
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Posted 5/18/15
A little white noise in the background never killed anyone.
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Posted 5/18/15 , edited 5/19/15
Honestly, I have no idea why Japan, South Korea and Germany haven't kicked the U.S. out already. U.S. should do all it's Pacific operations from Guam. But, then again I'm not American.
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trivialite wrote:

Honestly, I have no idea why Japan, South Korea and Germany haven't kicked the U.S. out already. U.S. should do all it's Pacific operations from Guam. But, then again I'm not American.


Because they don't want to "take up the slack". It would increase their defense expenditures' and cause them to have to research their own nuclear strategic forces if they want to deter other nations' nuclear options. Without US Forces as a tripwire against North Korea (in Japan/South Korea Case) and Russia's love of European Beachfront Property (in Germany's case).
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To your first point that's a major reason why the U.S. should leave, to force these countries to pick up the slack. And to your second point, why can't the U.S. be a deterrant from Guam?

And for the record I'm Canadian and the U.S. hasn't had a base in my country (that I know of) since, the end of the Second World War. We have a British base that they use for training and that's it.
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Posted 5/18/15 , edited 5/20/15
The US isn't defending any one but it's own interests.Anytime there is a country that seems threatening ,militarily or commercially, the US "overtly"sends a fleet on "maneuvers" or the army on a coordination "exercise" with a nearby ally.This isn't a coincidence.US military has historically been closely allied with "commerce".Retired US generals have written books about it.Ask Commodore Perry. A 600 billion a year US "defense" budget has less to do with an imminent threat on the US soil and everything to do with maintaining empire.End Rant.All of the US bases in Japan should be closed made into War Memorials for all of the victims of WWII.
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I'm not an expert on Japan-U.S. Military relations, but you can say I have first person experience. The main issues they have with foreign military is loud aircraft, military members conduct on Japanese soil, an the simple fact that foreigners make some Japanese uncomfortable. The only reason the U.S. is there is because its a give and take relationship. Japan only has the S.D.F. which functions more along the lines of the National Guard in that they only perform disaster relief/peace-keeping operations. The U.S. military functions as a buffer, and in return they are provided one of many footholds in the Pacific/Asia.
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Posted 5/18/15
Hmmm pull out and let them deal with China on their own then. Problem solved.
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Posted 5/18/15
They've been arguing about that base for about a decade now.
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