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Tens of Thousands Call for 'Okinawa Without US Bases'

World  (tags: World, War & Peace, Japan, People Power, US Military )

- 1499 days ago -
'We have to remove the risks of exposing Okinawa to war again,' says 86-year-old island resident


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Roger G (148)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 1:54 pm
noted, thanks

JL A (281)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 2:12 pm
Thanks Judy--sad these people's rights and wishes have been ignored for reasons other than what is best for them

Animae C (509)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 4:52 pm
T.Y. Judy

Justin Vale (13)
Monday May 18, 2015, 6:23 am
i doubt it has anything to do with what the geezer says. the okinawa prefecture has always ranked dead last in economy of all japan's prefecture. close to 1/5 of the main island of the prefecture is still occupied. just like there are still chunks of italy and germany still occupied. most japs want us around. in okinawa we gave them back some land where our boys played golf and they built a mall. they love their mall. and now they think that if all the bases close up and leave trillions of yens will come. but they're not. it was mostly american money that built their mall. and besides, who cares about a few thousand? a couple of hundred million japs want us around.

Justin Vale (13)
Monday May 18, 2015, 6:27 am
wait a sec. that sunagawa struggle back in the day, wasn't that like millions of japs protesting against us? these are a few thousand.

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Monday May 18, 2015, 10:38 am

Janet B (0)
Monday May 18, 2015, 12:31 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday May 18, 2015, 12:54 pm
Noted. Thanks, Judy.
The U.S. Empire has manifested itself all over the globe, much to the detriment of our own citizens' welfare. We have a military that dwarfs the spending by other countries combined. "Patriots" are often connected to war contractors making money off our spending. I hope the Japanese on Okinawa are successful in their protests.

Joanne D (37)
Monday May 18, 2015, 1:08 pm
Is Justin trying to set a record for the use of the greatest number of demeaning terms in a short post? Having at one time been stationed in Okinawa Prefecture as a Marine, I'd like to mention a few things. First, Okinawa Prefecture is not just Okinawa, it is most or all of the former Ryukyu Islands. A large percentage of the population here are, while Japanese citizens, ethnic Ryukyuans. The islands were an independent kingdom (The Ryukyu Kingdom) 1429-1879 until absorbed into Japan as Okinawa Prefecture. Between then and now, the Ryukrus were a US territory 1952-1972 until "returned" to Japan. So, there are not two, but three players in this game. There are definite cultural differences between Ryukyuans and Japanese. The Japanese have been trying - actually since 1879 - to "assimilate" Ryukyuans. Does any of this sound familiar?

Like Native Americans and First Nations, the Ryukyuans have been treated like, as the saying goes, red-headed stepchildren (no offense intended to redheads). Is it any wonder they are less than thrilled with both Japan and the US? I fear their chances of gaining any concessions are probably about equal to the chance for Native Americans and First Nations - for whom I also grieve.

Birgit W (160)
Monday May 18, 2015, 1:21 pm
Lois Jordan says it all. The US has to stay out of other countries.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 12:46 am
Okinawa will always be at risk of war because of its proximity to China. China has not forgotten the atrocities committed by the Japanese during WWII. As both countries compete to expand territorial boundaries this decade, we can expect tensions to rise.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 8:14 am
Thanks for sharing.

Ben Oscarsito (128)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 11:32 am
HOW many US bases are there on this Planet...???

Judy C (91)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 10:24 pm
In trying to answer your question, Ben, I came across the following:

The US has around 800 military bases in other countries, which costs an estimated $100 billion annually, a number that could be much higher depending on whether you count the bases still open in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is according to American University professor David Vine in his forthcoming book Base Nation, in which he seeks to quantify the financial, environmental, and human costs of keeping these bases open.

The word "base" is a broad term that captures all sorts of military posts, stations, camps, forts, etc. around the globe. The Pentagon specifics that a "base site" is any geographic location that is "owned by or leased to, or otherwise possessed" by the military.

Thanks to all for the comments, and to Joanne for that detailed information. I had not heard of the Ryukyuans at all before.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 10:27 pm
I should also say that it is unfortunate that you use such ugly terminology, Justin. That type of talk reflects more negatively on the speaker than it ever could on the people being insulted.
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