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Where do you think the U.S. base at Futenma in Okinawa should be moved to?

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United States territory.

Anywhere they like, but within the 50 States.

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Subic Bay in Phillppines already has port and airfield and potentially will play a much larger role in U.S. Pacific Fleet as the U.S. focus towards Asia and the Pacific. Subic Bay is set to host U.S. ships, Marines and aircraft on a semi-permanent basis. Philippines might accomodate permanent U.S. Military in Sublic Bay because of continue tensions over China's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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No one wants this base moved. They want it deleted and the colonialism to end. Bases like this should not exist and are a waste of property and money. The people of Okinawa want to take the responsibility for deleting this base and not force it on some other hapless people.

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For the sake of Japanese security, anywhere in Japan, and yes, including somewhere else in Okinawa.

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Would you base school buses in Narita to transport students living in Yokohama? Could be done but not practical or economical. The aircraft need to near the troops they are supporting and transporting - pretty simple.

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Henoko

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badsey2,

No one wants this base moved. They want it deleted and the colonialism to end. Bases like this should not exist and are a waste of property and money. The people of Okinawa want to take the responsibility for deleting this base and not force it on some other hapless people.

Exactly right.

The whole arms build up is an incredible waste of money and energy. "We have to arm ourselves against those guys over there who are arming themselves up because of us."

It's pure insanity.

Scrap the bases and put the money into things that will provide a FUTURE for people on this overcrowded planet. We need to think seriously about how we can live together, not how to "keep the population down" by killing off a few million here and there.

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North Korea

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Naha. (Big airport there)

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Big?

Kapuna-san.

Aeroplanes don't have propellors these days, you know.

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Hokkaido. To help us get back outr northern Islands.

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AKBFan,

Good idea.

Or better still, on the Northern Islands.

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Okinawa.

So long as Okinawa is part of Japan, they must subordinate their interests to the collective security of Japan. If they aren't happy, they should support rearmament or secede to form a Ryukyuan nation.

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@bertie

Scrap the bases and put the money into things that will provide a FUTURE for people on this overcrowded planet. We need to think seriously about how we can live together, not how to "keep the population down" by killing off a few million here and there.

Well, thank the heavens you are not in charge. The bases can maybe be moved to another area of the Island, but for stratigic purposes, the bases should stay there as long as we have the eminent threat of NK and China, without a doubt and a NO brainer. Bertie, if the US military would leave and god forbid one day, Japan would be attacked by these countries, Japan wouldn't last a week, so if you care THAT much, then you will want gladly the US to remain right where it should be.

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Futenma shouldn't be moved at all, moving it will cost A LOT of taxpayer money. How about moving the whiners who obviously care only about themselves?

Eventually, the security situation in N.Asia will reach the point where the U.S.military bases in Japan will no longer be needed, and they can be closed, not moved around for political purposes.  

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not moved around for political purposes.

Or personal as well.

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@Gianmarco.

Yes, we are an empire. And no matter who's in power, it's going to be that way. And if we're going to do it, we should do it right.

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Move it Guam. If a B-2 can make a round-trip from the USA to SK, there is no need for a flock of Ospreys and other military junk to be there. Okinawa should be the Atlantic City/Las Vegas of the Orient. The Okinawans can take hospitality/hotel/casino work. Also, double the number of golf courses and other physical activity places.

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@noriyosan

Golf?? You want to turn Okinawa into a Disney resort? It'll never happen. Guam is way too small and strategically located at a more disadvantage location. Okinawa is closer to China, S. Korea. They should turn Guam into a better vacation resort they sure could use the money.

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Move it to Takeshima (aka Dokdo).

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How about "Shin Futenma"? In other words, don't move it, just rename it; that's what the Japanese usually do with something they don't like.

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Okinawa needs to be the resort island of the Orient. Taxes paid by tourists is free money. Why is it that everyone forgets that there are subs, B-2s, missiles, and numerous other defensive and offensive weapons that can be used? If Okinawa is the Pearl Harbor of this century, then the USA "military intelligence" has failed again. Osprey is just one example. It is understandable why NK thinks it can deliver a devastating blow to the USA military by hitting Okinawa - the USA will do nothing in response except ask to negotiate.

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moving island or what one calls an aircraft carrier, keep the target moving. Makes sense to me to go where trouble occurs.

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Back to US territory, along with all the bases dotted around Japan and the rest of the world.

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Out of Japan. Time for that country to fend for itself.

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It should be moved to San Francisco, Califonrina

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