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Japanese leaders are gutless. They've always been gutless. They haven't fought for real sovereignty for that matter.

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U.S. film director Oliver Stone, 75, criticizing the Japanese government for ignoring the wishes of Okinawan people who oppose the construction of a new U.S. military base off the coast of Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. He said his impression is that Japan remains a satellite country that dutifully does the U.S. bidding.

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Rightly said.

-14 ( +18 / -32 )

Okinawa is not all of Japan. Carrying water for the CCP seems gutless to me, but I guess we should expect as much from a director making a film honoring Snowden.

0 ( +21 / -21 )

He said his impression is that Japan remains a satellite country that dutifully does the U.S. bidding.

Stone never afraid to speak truth to power.

-10 ( +17 / -27 )

Japan remains a satellite country...

The Filipinos felt the same way in the 90s. So they passed a parliamentary resolution to tell the American military to leave the country. The US complied. They all left, no more bases. But now, the Filipinos want them to return. LOL.

Oliver Stone's geopolitical sophistication is on par with Steven Seigal's.

8 ( +20 / -12 )

Everyone wants America to come back when their country is under threat.

Give me a break.

-12 ( +8 / -20 )

He's right but not for the reason he thinks: the Japanese leadership in Tokyo accepts US defense aid to deter big, bad China, but forces most of the bases to be in Okinawa, one of the poorest, most discriminated-against prefectures, which wasn't historically part of Japan and which was discriminated against by their mainland overlords for centuries. If the Tokyo elites had "guts", they'd force their own Yamato people to endure the bases rather than the Okinawans.

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

A bit of whataboutery here but the US always does the bidding of Israel. Are US leaders gutless?

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

Idiot doesn't have the faintest idea what he's talking about...

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

I used to like Oliver Stone. And then he became Putin's useful idiot.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

2020hindsightsToday 12:15 pm JST

I used to like Oliver Stone. And then he became Putin's useful idiot.

who are you to say so about somebody that he is idiot?

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

UAfan

who are you to say so about somebody that he is idiot?

I didn't call him an idiot, I called him a useful idiot. Big difference. And if you have followed Oliver Stone's work in the last decade, you would understand why.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_idiot

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Oliver Stone is correct about Japanese politicians being gutless, he only chose the wrong example, there are hundreds of better occasions to prove that point

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

Truth really hurts.

-13 ( +6 / -19 )

@rm What Stone is pointing out is that Okinawans have been shafted by Japanese for 4+ centuries losing their independence, language, destroyed during WW2, administered as a part of the USA for 25 years! and now still continued to be occupied by the USA military.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Oliver Stone seems to have lost his marbles.

Okinawa is protected by the presence of the US Military bases there. I am not aware of any polls that indicate most Japanese want the US bases out. If they left, China would be in like a flash. They have been eyeing expansion into the Okinawan islands for decades - and likely have some fabricated maps to "prove" they own Okinawa.

Give it a rest, Stone.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

U.S. film director Oliver Stone, is a sublime gifted film maker. Wall Street etc

As a politician/activist, to spit and denounce J Leadership as gutless is not just bad mannered but geopolitically delinquent.

However disruptive, despised unwanted these US bases have become to Okinawan people communities, they serve a vital military strategic role.

The Government of China will be raising a glass to U.S. film director Oliver Stone. This useful hapless fool a gift to take full advantage of.

The region is under the jackboot heel Xi Jinping despot dictatorship.

The people of Taiwan under the constant threat of invasion.

The South China Sea littered with man made fortified sand castles.

U.S. film director Oliver Stone needs to understand comprehend fully want is at stake.

If these US bases are forced to withdraw, Japan, the entire region will be at the mercy of a despot tyrant regime

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Stone is right. Japanese "leaders" are Tokyo University grads = yes men = gutless, spineless parasites.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

I won't hypothesis the ivory tower Oliver Stone world of delusion hibernates between screen plays.

The reality for the government, the people of Japan, the countries economy, its future if the Government of China were the seize control of those vital shipping trading routes, well let not go their right now, other than to state the consequences could represent a third world war.

If those US forward bases were to close, the outcome is to painful to imagine.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Oliver Stone is a gutless idiot who didnt take the time to actually research what he is talking about!

It is NOT a "new" base, it is an extension to an existing base, Camp Schwab, it's a landfill, which does not qualify it as a "new" base.

Let's also not forget that the actual number of people who are apathetic to the construction and those who are FOR it, out number those who are against it by 2/3rds to 1/3rd of the actual electorate.

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@rm What Stone is pointing out is that Okinawans have been shafted by Japanese for 4+ centuries losing their independence, language, destroyed during WW2, administered as a part of the USA for 25 years! and now still continued to be occupied by the USA military.

Be really nice if you did some actual research and got your facts straight. FYI Okinawa is NOT "occupied" by the US Military, they are invited here by the Japanese government.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I agree with those who feel that Oliver Stone is an idiot.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

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