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Okinawa again loses suit aimed at halting U.S. base relocation

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The latest judgment could damage Onaga's power base ahead of a gubernatorial election this fall as he has already lost an ally.

He has lost more than one ally in this losing battle. He has been losing them in a number of local elections. Onaga has been a one issue Gov, and has wasted billions in tax payers yen to continue this losing battle. He agreed previous to the last decision to abide by the courts and yet he lied and filed suit again!

Onaga lost again (Copy and pasted)

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Okinawa you are less than 5% of the population with ZERO political sway, people only pretend to care about your plight to get political points.

Live with the military or move out of Okinawa.

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I'm not surprised by the ruling but Onaga and the rest of the population has been tilting at that windmill for years. They don't want the bases at all but Japan needs the security. They are stuck with the Americans, unless the JSDF moves in.

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They are stuck with the Americans, unless the JSDF moves in.

Fyi, there are a number of JSDF bases already in Okinawa. Folks never complain about their noise, and believe me, it's gets noisy during the day and sometimes at night too!

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Okinawa used to be a separate kingdom, so ethnically they are not Japanese. That's why the government and Japanese nation give so little s..t about what those people want. So much for democracy XD

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That was definately not a law suit's verdict but a political decision! The Okinawans should know they were not living in a equal rights enviroment as like the other places of Japan because Okinawa is special!

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Come on guys. Let’s all get together and go to Okinawa. We need more peaceful protests. More peaceful events.

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The court ruling that the lawsuit filed by Onaga is not subject to a trial is no different from refusing to discuss issues involving U.S. bases and so, in a sense, it's abandoning its responsibility as a protector of law and human rights.

It's a well-known fact that Futenma Air Station was built by encroaching upon private land with impunity while Okinawa residents were herded in camps here and there toward the end of and after the Battle of Okinawa. Such action by the U.S. forces was a flagrant violation of international law or, more concretely, Article 46 of the Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, which stipulates: "Family honour and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected. Private property cannot be confiscated." There were 5 villages that were completely obliterated -- swallowed up into Futenma's runway. A few other villages were also affected, partially though they were.

The court decision to turn a visitor away at the door means it doesn't want to take up these issues and wants to place U.S. bases above the nation's law and constitution, thus perpetuating the U.S. military footprint for good at the cost of the its own citizens’ welfare.

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What the heck are the US military doing in this country, anyway?

Time to end the occupation.

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Can they make up their minds? The base and the soldiers are not going anywhere. Get over that fact. Pick a location and then live with it, get over it, move on with the rest of your lives.

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The central government argued that local fishery cooperatives have abandoned their fishing rights and it, therefore, does not need to obtain such permission from the governor. It also said the lawsuit is not subject to a trial, citing the 2002 top court decision.

Many years ago, the Nago fishing coop that held the rights to that area, which by the way no fishes at anyway, for a host of reasons and ZERO to do with the US military, gave up their rights to the area, and were well compensated for the action as well.

It is well known within the fishing community that fishermen who never fished in the area, which is at the minimum and hour ride by boat around the island from Nago port, were well paid for their "losing" the rights to the area.

The central governments argument is spot on and the courts accepted it. Everyone knew Onaga was going to lose this one as well, it was a foregone conclusion.

No matter how many times folks keep beating a dead horse looking for people to "thumb up" their posts or try to push across here, their personal opinions, regarding the "legalities" or "conventions", which are all meaningless, and no one with association with the situation even cares about, the base at Futenma will be moved and the people of Ginowan will finally be rid of it.

Now we can all sit back and watch Onaga change colors again, and stick his hand out and demand more money for the prefectural government as "compensation" for "allowing" the move to happen!

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Japanese courts are biased and part of a discriminatory political structure that Okinawa is a victim of since it was forced into being a part of Japan.

Everybody knows that the judicial system in Japan is not independent and that any judge who rules against the government is demoted.

We just saw it with the nuclear power plant restarts when judges that ruled agains restarts were demoted to family courts and judges submissive to the government were installed instead to get desired rulings.

It is well known within the fishing community that fishermen who never fished in the area, which is at the minimum and hour ride by boat around the island from Nago port, were well paid for their "losing" the rights to the area.

Yes, thanks for pointing this out. It is well known that the central government is engaged in such kind of divide and rule politics in Okinawa since the reversion in 1972.

Such dirty policies have divided the village of Henoko in a way that even within families it is taboo to mention the new military facility that is being built in front of their harbor.

Politicians in Tokyo are very good at this kind of anti-democratic power harassment strategies, and they also employed them when they forced remote and underdeveloped communities to host nuclear power plants, but no other prefecture has suffered so much from those immoral policies as Okinawa.

The election in Nago is another example of such divide and rule politics where the central government got directly involved in the local election by offering financial incentives in such a blunt and ludicrous way that most observers thought voters couldn't dare to vote for the candidate supported by Tokyo.

The LDP has invested a lot in corrupting Okinawan politicians and it is quite remarkable that despite the massive intimidation from Tokyo there still is an independent political landscape in the prefecture.

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The LDP has invested a lot in corrupting Okinawan politicians and it is quite remarkable that despite the massive intimidation from Tokyo there still is an independent political landscape in the prefecture.

Funny....your idea of "independent" lol! Pretty much all those you "think" are independent fall from the LDP apple tree, including the most rotten of the bunch, Onaga himself, once the leader of the LDP in Okinawa.

So, how's THAT for "independent"...what a joke!

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Since 1945, Japan (South Korea, Germany, Italy, France, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) has been a puppet of the u.s. military-industrial complex. The u.s. will forever dictate the politics and internal affairs of Japan (as well as other countries). Sad.

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