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Post Reply Your opinion of the large U.S. military presence in Japan?
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Posted 12/5/15 , edited 12/5/15
considering how much the whole world hates us, I think at this point, Americans are like "we do what we want, who gone stop us? Biggest military in the world, what whaaaat! f*ck with us, we nuke you, son".

Yes, I am joking for those that are offended.
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47 / M / Memphis, TN
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Posted 12/5/15
So long after WW2, should the US military presence in Japan still be so great? Dunno. Depends upon how much the Japanese would rather have an active military occupation by China. . .perhaps the Japanese Diet should consult with Tibet. . .
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Posted 12/5/15 , edited 12/5/15
Don't see why they would be upset. That's foreign money coming into the japanese economy and if a "good 40%" of Okinama as you said is part of the US base then by removing the base I see a huge hit to Okinawa's economy.

Google Okinawa real quick sense this piqued my interest in the island a bit and it seems that the US has made a deal to return ~17 acres of land to Japan by the mid 2018 according to Fox. Not that that's a lot considering the US occupies ~10k acres. But considering over 25k US soldiers are stationed in Okinawa. If that many people suddenly left and were pulled out back to the states I couldn't picture the Okinawan economy sustaining without suffering serious injury. But the US already has agreements in place to return 2.6k acres so it's not like we are just sticking around for the hell of it. They are slowly dwindling the size of the base. Things take time.

Also Didn't Abe pass the law so that the Japanese can maintain their own military not too long ago? Don't think JSDF fits anymore.
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Posted 12/5/15
Without the USA presence Japan would be part of China by now.
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Posted 12/5/15
Here's a nice little image showing the American lands. Can't guarantee the accuracy though.

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Posted 12/5/15
The military loves japan too?
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Posted 12/5/15

nanikore2 wrote:

Yes they should be there until Japan gets the giant robots


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Posted 12/5/15
I was stationed there for a little while when I was in the Marines. It's a love/hate relationship.
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Posted 12/5/15
The US has military presence all around the globe. It's what we spend all our money on.
Posted 12/5/15
Why do we even station military bases in foreign countries in the first place? Too lazy to research on my own. Can someone give me a simplified explanation?
Posted 12/5/15

Xxanthar wrote:

Without the USA presence Japan would be part of China by now.


lol. maybe you're right. Japan though imo definitely plans to be independent from both superpowers.
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Posted 12/5/15 , edited 12/5/15

AirMarshall wrote:

Title says it all... A good 40% of the island of Okinawa is a USMC base, with tons of marine camps in the mainland, naval installations, even army cryptologic linguists get stationed there lol. My step-sister's bf was in the Marines for 4 years, and after his tour in Afghanistan he was stationed at camp Smedley D. Butler on Okinawa, and he said all of the townspeople there really don't like the presence of Americans there... he got kicked out of a club because he was an American. So what do you all think, should we keep a lot of troops there, or start planning for the JSDF to take the reins? I personally can go either way; our bases in Japan are more or less strategic, but I'm not sure the US should be there forever...

I lived there for 10 years and from what I've experienced, they loved us there. You also seem unaware of the relationship between Japan and China.
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Posted 12/5/15
War...War never changes!
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There is no reason for America to be there anymore. They should leave.
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21 / M / Chicago, Illinois
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Posted 12/6/15

nemoskull wrote:

if push came to shove, japan would lose without the US bases. no carriers, no nukes. there oretty much defencless against china.
tho since ICBM are basicly just for show, you might consider them defence weapons. japan has the techinical know how to build them anyways.


Oh Japan has 2 carriers, but I believe they are only for Helicopters, kinda like what Britain has. They are the Izumo-Class Assault Carriers; they just christianed one that was built recently Kaga . How fitting. :)

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