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U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

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But Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga showed his frustration on Tuesday, saying "I am lost for words, really."

Amazing! This has got to be a first for this guy! Maybe with luck he can learn to curb his rhetoric and learn (finally) how to negotiate!

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It's just a matter of time before one of these craft land on another school, hospital, supermarket or crowded street.

It's time for the US military to drastically reduce their presence in a tiny and crowded island.

That they are here at all is an anachronism.

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In America we sue, in Japan we appoligise.

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At the bottom of the heart of Abe, he does not care about the security treaty. Nay, he welcomes withdrawal of entire U.S. Forces from Okinawa and Japan. He wants to have an own military that defend Japan.

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It's time for the US military to drastically reduce their presence in a tiny and crowded island. the northern part of the island is hardly crowded, if there wasnt so much stalling the Henoko base would have already be built all take off and landings will be over water with very little risk to the local population. But Onaga continues to drive through his agenda which will fail, best to accept that the base will be moved to Henoko, how quickly is totally up to him. https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/Henoko,+Nago,+Okinawa+Prefecture+905-2171/@26.5236963,128.0462619,8911m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x34e454dbb8f7d6e7:0x5358b159af6b36da!8m2!3d26.522832!4d128.0324034

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Successive accidents and failure of U S military equipment in Japan ,have led to erosion of their credibility in the eyes of public . It is high time to think of manufacturing state of art military equipments either singly or in collaboration with the close strategic partners to meet the needs of our forces and also reduce the cost of their procurement.

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They should apologise to the US taxpayer who pay for all this stuff - seems they have been a bit accident and equipment failure prone lately.

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Not to mention the radiation cover that was found recently on a nursery school roof where it had fallen, (or was thrown).

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ok to all the people that cant accept the reality that the base will be moved to Henoko, Ill give 50/1 odds that the marines will be forced out of Okinawa within the next 20yrs, place your bets if you game.

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Hey, the U.S. apologized?? Did Secretary Mattis do a deep bow over the phone / video conference??

If so, all good then, right?!

I mean, if that is good enough for the TEPCO executives, must be good enough for the U.S. military?

Right??

Nothing like doing it Japan style....

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so they damn well should.

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An apology, but not accompanied by any intention to do anything about the situation.

The people of Okinawa have had to suffer too much for too long -- all US military bases OUT of Okinawa NOW!!

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Da-kine apology from Mattis only means the colonizer Mericano Military bases stay is extended for 200 more years in Okinawa, the Crimea of Asia.

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The number of accidents within the last year points to a very severe problem with military ability.

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Crazy...Okinawa is a colony on two fronts, both by the Japanese and the Americans. Let Okinawans have control of their land and have full agency over how to develop their society and economy. These accidents won't stop until America's neo-colonial policies are put to an end.

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You may remember one of these things landed in a university. The american military, fully armed, stopped the local police from attending the incident.

Alarm bells rang long loud and clear. These invaders should remove themselves from JAPAN, FULL STOP!!

Other writers have correctly stated that when Japanese locals die when one of these flying disasters lands on top of them, only then will Central Government Act.

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The people of Okinawa have had to suffer too much for too long -- all US military bases OUT of Okinawa NOW!!

Da-kine apology from Mattis only means the colonizer Mericano Military bases stay is extended for 200 more years in Okinawa, the Crimea of Asia.

Crazy...Okinawa is a colony on two fronts, both by the Japanese and the Americans. Let Okinawans have control of their land and have full agency over how to develop their society and economy. These accidents won't stop until America's neo-colonial policies are put to an end.

Like I said, as long as Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture, Okinawa has to comply with the Japan central government mandates. 

Perhaps now is the time for Okinawa to hold a public referendum, vote and declare itself to be an independent sovereign country. Then it will no longer be subservient to Japan or U.S. and can order the U.S. military (and Japanese military) out of Okinawa.

Okay Gov. Onaga......time to declare "Independent Okinawa"!

And of course China will support an independent Okinawa, help remove U.S. and Japan military presence, and invest in Okinawa under the "One Belt, One Road" program. But don't be surprise when China renews its claims the Ryukyu Islands and Okinawa. Will Okinawa be better off being a colony of China?

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what nobody is confident enough that the marines will be kicked out of Okinawa within the next 20yrs, 50/1 odds is pretty good.

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