Friday, June 2, 2017
The U.S. Presence In Okinawa Continues To Be Unresolved
Grant Newsham, Asia Times: US Marines and Okinawa: Enough exasperation to go around
Okinawa is host to more than half of the 47,000 US troops stationed in Japan and opposition to the military presence has grown among residents.
US Marine Corps Commandant, General Robert Neller’s recent comments about re-thinking the plan to move 9,000 Marines to Guam and Hawaii from Okinawa no doubt exasperated Japan’s government.
However, there’s been plenty of exasperation to go around over the last 20 years when it comes to the US Marines and Okinawa.
(Note: Okinawa is host to more than half of the 47,000 US troops stationed in Japan and opposition to the military presence has grown among residents.)
Japan has promised repeatedly since 1996 to do the necessary to resolve the Okinawa opposition to US bases by moving the Marines’ Futenma Air Station to a quieter part of the island. The failure to do so was exasperating, though it happened often enough to get used to it.
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WNU Editor: Being one who has spent a lot of time in Asia .... I understand this sense of "exasperation". You have to adopt the word "patience" if you want to maintain your sanity.