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voiceofokinawaFeb. 27, 2015 - 06:34PM JST
Terumasa Nakanishi wrote that the pacifist Constitution impinges on the nation's sovereignty? Has he forgotten the Constitution, when proclaimed, was enthusiastically received by the whole nation, that celebrated it with pomps and circumstances? The Japanese people accepted the new Constitution out of the deep remorse for the war and wartime misdeeds.
If he says the war-renouncing Constitution "deprives Japan of its sovereignty," he should go further and say that Japan's defeat in WW II has deprived it of its sovereignty. But one must recognize the very fact that Japan started the war, was defeated to the nail and occupied by the allies spearheaded by the U.S. The deprivation of war-defeated Japan was a natural consequence.
Japan was supposed to recover its full sovereignty in 1951 when the San Francisco Peace Treaty was signed. But that was a spurious sovereignty. With the signing of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty together with the Executive Agreement, a predecessor of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, one can definitely say Japan continued to be put under occupation by the U.S.
Okinawa takes the brunt of these bilateral agreements most heavily and is in the vintage to see the indelible reality that Japan is still under U.S. occupation. The two countries are in a suzerain-vassal relationship.
So it is not the Constitution but the bilateral relations that deprive Japan of its sovereignty. Period.
Posted in: Japan's tug-of-war over World War II statement
voiceofokinawaFeb. 22, 2015 - 07:08AM JST
From 2000 to 2015 Japan paid host-nation supports to the U.S. coffers in the amount of $30.6 billion. Housing, utility, water and maintenance costs of bases are covered with this fund. Shopping centers, movie theaters, golf courses and what not are built and operated with this fund.
AAFSS, MWR, MCCS are private businesses operating on bases but the buildings and facilities they use are built and maintained with this fund. Recently-built golf courses for Taiyo Golf Club attest to this.
My assumption is that even though they are private businesses, their executive officers are amakudari officers descending from the Pentagon. Thus, their connection with the Pentagon is tight, secure and inalienable.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will stick to plan to relocate U.S. base to Henoko
voiceofokinawaFeb. 21, 2015 - 11:35AM JST
True, Japan's military spending has been 1 percent of its GDP for years compared with the U.S.'s perennial 4 percent or over (4.9 percent in 2014). But I think Japan's 1 percent is still too much for a pacifist country that vowed to outlaw war as "a means to settle international disputes involving the state."
Dollar-wise, Japan's defense budget (2013) amounts to $45,860 million, which is not strikingly so different from France's $54,545 million and the UK's $53,298 million. Incidentally, how many U.S. troops are stationed in these countries and how many U.S. bases exist there? How much host-nation supports do they pay to the U.S. coffers?
If you insist that Japan should increase its defense budget in line with other nations, then in the same vein you should recommend other nations, including China, to up their defense-GDP ratio to close to the U.S.'s 4.9 percent. Nonsense.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 21, 2015 - 05:06AM JST
So, in your opinion, the marines should spend more time at amusement parks and game parks as tourists? Near Iwakuni is Hiroshima City, a home of the Hiroshima Carp, to which Hiroki Kuroda, a veteran pitcher for the New York Yankees, made a comeback after turning down a lucrative offer by the Yankees.
Japanese taxpayers must support these marines financially so that they may be model tourists feeling no anxiety about being deployed in Okinawa. They've recently had Tokyo construct a first-class 18-hole golf course, Taiyo Golf Club, in return for an old golf course being closed and returned. Return of a military facility thus means building its replacement in another place, as always.
What's the meaning of all this absurdity?
voiceofokinawaFeb. 20, 2015 - 06:08PM JST
The Marine Corps Okinawa has blatantly demanded the durability period of the planned new base at Henoko be 200 years and the utility period 40 years. In other words, their mindset is formed such that they can be stationed here forever.
We feel we are already being occupied by a foreign army with such exorbitant footprint as this. So your intimation that we may be invaded by a third country unless we accept the Henoko plan sounds silly and nonsense.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 20, 2015 - 04:25PM JST
On January 27, 2013, 144 Okinawa municipality heads, Prefecural legislators and Okinawa constituency-elected Diet members marched in Tokyo streets to protest against the deployment of Ospreys at Futenma and the planned relocation of Futenma's facilities within Okinawa -- that is, to Henoko.
That day, right-wing groups also gathered and counterdemonstrated along the way, shouting at the Okinawa demonstrators with "traitors" and the like. Traitors? They don't seem to understand who in the world are undermining the nation's sovereignty, thus being traitors themselves literally.
They don't understand building Futenma's replacement at Henoko is nothing different from the act of selling sovereign soil or, more broadly, sovereignty itself to a foreign military power.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 19, 2015 - 10:27PM JST
I asked you in my posting of Feb. 19, 2015 - 10:56AM JST: "Hawaii is a part of the U.S. Then, does Hawaii have no right to say anything about similar agreements between Washington and a foreign country that were struck over their heads and against their wishes?"
You didn't answer it. No, you couldn't answer it. Instead, you pick on me for my posting directed at lostrune2 (Feb. 19, 2015 - 05:22PM JST).
I asked lostrune2 to give his reason concretely why my stance on the Futenma issue is wrong. Since you volunteered to answer it for lostrune2, I ask you to read my posting dated Feb. 18, 2015 - 08:18AM JST and argue against it logically and rationally. Don't simply dub it as a rumbling.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 19, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
Your post drips with sarcasm. I chuckled at reading it. But, of course, in order for that to come true, Japan must be a big military power, like a pre-war empire, which I hate to see.
You say: "Better Henoko than being stuck in the status quo..."
I'm interested in how you have come to this conclusion. That's what Tokyo has been preaching: Henoko is the best option. But I think I have refuted that argument in my postings above. My stance is: Futenma must be returned without any strings attached. Read my postings and give your reason concretely why I am wrong.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 19, 2015 - 10:56AM JST
Yubaru (Feb. 18, 2015 - 07:01PM JST) says "Okinawa is a part of Japan, and it has a responsibility to participate in the collective defense of the country." In the same vein, he can say "Hawaii is a part of the U.S., and it has a responsibility to participate in the collective defense of the U.S." Sounds reasonable.
There are a lot of fallacies in Yubaru's argument, though. First of all, what does he mean by "the collective defense"? It means the 18% land mass of the island must be given to foreign contingents for their unrestricted use of it as training bases. When a base becomes dilapidated, you must build its replacement on land reclaimed from the sea that is designated by the local government as the Rank No. 1 category for preservation.
Hawaii is a part of the U.S. Then, does Hawaii have no right to say anything about similar agreements between Washington and a foreign country that were struck over their heads and against their wishes?
voiceofokinawaFeb. 18, 2015 - 03:54PM JST
While all attention is being paid to the Henoko relocation, there has been another nuisance going on in Okinawa involving the unwelcome move of the U.S. Marines. Tokyo has been constructing 6 landing zones for MV-22 Ospreys in lush forests around Takae village in northern Okinawa Island -- not very far from Henoko. Two of them will be offered to the Marines prior to the official date of hand-over
For years vigilant sit-ins have been going on there day and night as in Henoko. Okinawa is thus forced to undergo one misfortune on top of another. Everyday participants in the protests may be small in number as in Henoko but they have the majority of Okinawans' full spiritual support.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
Why does Abe think the Henoko plan is "the only realistic option"? He and his cohorts in the central government always give two reasons for this: (1) A hazardous Futenma must not be fixed at the current site forever; (2) the U.S. military's deterrence must be maintained.
It's true that Futenma sits in a densely populated residential area and so it's a most dangerous U.S. air base. But if you insist that, Kadena Air Base must be removed first and foremost because accident rates there far exceed those of Futenma.
As for the deterrence issue, it's become a consensus among experts that the Marine contingent (about 3,000 members of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing) does not have to station in Okinawa, especially in view of the fact China's newly developed ballistic missiles have Okinawa in their target range. Talking about deterrence is thus nothing but a farce.
Despite this, why is Abe so insistent upon the Henoko plan? The answer is: He fears a U.S. pressure to relocate Futenma's facilities to the mainland. Remember Marine bases were significantly reduced in mainland Japan in the 1960's when anti-American and anti-U.S. base demonstrations stormed there in violent forms? These Marine bases were relocated to Okinawa, that was still occupied by the U.S. military at the time. Can Abe accept the idea of re-hosting these Marine bases once again in mainland Japan? NEVER.
That's the reason why the Abe administration repeats the stock phrase that Henoko is the best and only solution.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 05, 2015 - 12:34AM JST
Yubaru (Feb. 04, 2015 - 08:52PM JST):
You suggest Okinawa should be proud of its long, rich and vibrant history. Well, thank you for the nice words. But you go on to suggest that Okinawa remain a part of Japan, no matter how differently people wish. Isn't there an illogical frogleap in what you say here?
I am not very enthusiastic about Okinawa's independence right now. But if Tokyo abuses it as it does now and offers it to Godfather U.S. for its freewheeling use as a military colony, the story would be quite different.
Posted in: Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases
voiceofokinawaFeb. 04, 2015 - 05:32PM JST
Let me use an analogy I used on another thread. Suppose you find out about talks going on between your foster parent and a human trafficker to the effect that you are about to be sold to him.
And that is exactly what is happening here. A section, or 18 percent, of Okinawa Island is to be sold or given for free to a foreign army in dealings made between Washington, a boss, and Tokyo, a henchman, over our heads. Certainly, the relocation of Futenma to Henoko will mean the giveaway and, at the same time, fixation of all U.S. bases (Total base area in Okinawa: 2,292 hectares).
Note that Tokyo is trying to persuade us by saying that a hazardous Futenma must not be fixed at the present site. But note that all the bases, including Futenma's replacement, will remain fixed indefinitely.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 03, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
I repeat::Think about it very carefully. Don't be stupid like summer bugs plunging into fire of their own choice.
Mind you, messrs. Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto are innocent victims of the mistaken hostage policy of the government.
Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger
voiceofokinawaFeb. 03, 2015 - 11:08AM JST
So Mr. Abe, think about it very carefully.
voiceofokinawaFeb. 03, 2015 - 10:50AM JST
A former high-ranking U.S. intelligence officer told in a recent NHK interview that the U.S. made a big mistake by releasing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, now an Islamic State leader, from a POW camp in U.S. military-occupied Iraq.
It was surprising, though, that he didn't go farther than this as to the true cause of the problem because Islamic State (formerly ISIS) is basically an end product of the Iraq War, one of Bush's Wars. Saddam Hussein's former royalists are said to be core members of Islamic State.
You have created problems and are left to settle your debts. You asked for it. Chickens indeed come home to roost.
voiceofokinawaJan. 27, 2015 - 09:55AM JST
Democracy, humanitarianism and peace are universal stuff that can never be passing whims. So it's the other countries that should emulate Japan's pacifist constitution, and not vice versa.
Posted in: Abe: Japan won't join U.S.-led military operation against IS
voiceofokinawaJan. 26, 2015 - 08:15AM JST
If Japan's pacific constitution is taken teeth out of by removing its war-renouncing provision and if the U.S. asks Japan to assist them in their military operations anywhere in the world, can Japan turn down the request?
Japan is asking the U.S. for help to solve the hostage crisis. In what way, will the U.S. help Japan when it is actually engaged in war against the ISIS?
This hostage crisis will certainly put PM Abe's agenda of constitutional revision to he test.
voiceofokinawaJan. 18, 2015 - 10:40PM JST
Suppose you find out about talks going on between your foster parent and a human traficker to the effect that you are about to be sold to him. You are like saying, "the dealing is done between two adults and there's no room for the child to have any say. And stop barking up the wrong tree. Complain to your foster parent only. The other party has nothing to do with it."
You may say the U.S. is totally innocent in this dealing, so if we have any complaint, take it to Tokyo and not to Washington, you say.
Are we barking up the wrong tree? Tokyo is to blame, of course. There's no doubt about it. But it is Washington, a real culprit, that is always pulling wires behind the scenes.
Posted in: Gov't cuts budget for Okinawan economic development
voiceofokinawaJan. 17, 2015 - 06:15PM JST
Ask yourself why there are so many U.S. bases in Okinawa.
There's no doubt that the U.S. military presence in Japan was a seamless carryover of the post-war Occupation because bases remained intact even after Japan recovered its sovereignty in 1952. However, consonant with the joint statement by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi in 1960 when the 1951 Japan-U.S. Security Treaty was revised, a significant number of bases were withdrawn from mainland Japan.
Where did these bases, mostly Marine bases, go? Back home to the U.S.? Never. They were moved to Okinawa, that was still occupied and directly administered by the U.S. military. In order to accommodate the bases relocated from mainland Japan, the U.S. military government in Okinawa had to requisition additional land, thus multiplying an already overburdened sacrifice of Okinawa.
We are asking to reduce this excessive U.S. military footprint in a concrete way by closing USMC Air Station Futenma for starters. Why is the U.S. so adamant not to hear this legitimate voice of ours? Tokyo won't hear it, either, because they fear Washington may demand a replacement be built in mainland Japan.
Mar. 05, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
It is a gravesite and should not be disturbed.
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Mar. 05, 2015 - 07:37AM JST
Unemployed? Guilty!!!! hahaha.
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