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The United States and North Korea are continuing their efforts toward denuclearization and easing of tension on the Korean Peninsula. I cannot tolerate the central government's position to push ahead with a plan that was made more than 20 years ago without undergoing a review.

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Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga, explaining his opposition to the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district of the city of Nago.

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This project at Henoko is just a massive pork barrel spending project that benefits the large donor LDP construction companies. The U.S. Marines do not contribute enough to the defense of Japan to warrant having a facility like this built for them and just wait to you see the final bill for this project. The money could be better spent on the JSDF.

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As japan4life mentions above, the only reason for the new base in Henoko is to line the pockets of the LDP construction companies and their friends and relatives. If the Japanese politicians and diplomats did their job properly, there wouldn't be a need for any kind of military "defense." There is no problem in this area that couldn't be solved by a team of skillful negotiators. The vast amount of money spent on Henoko would be much better spent building a huge Disneyland.

As the U.S.A. and Japan slowly bankrupt themselves spending money on military hardware, which produces nothing, China is investing heavily in land and infrastructure which will produce more money.

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Cool opinions... they really give credence to the old adage

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As the U.S.A. and Japan slowly bankrupt themselves spending money on military hardware, which produces nothing, China is investing heavily in land and infrastructure which will produce more money.

Oh really...?

'2018: the budget was announced to be 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion), which represents a 8.1% increase, and a 1.1% increase compared to the 2017 budget. This is China's largest defense budget raise in three years.'

From here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_China

I'm sure they're investing in other areas, but they are no slouch in military spending either. They're second only to the US.

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japan4life: "This project at Henoko is just a massive pork barrel spending project that benefits the large donor LDP construction companies."

Says a guy that supports Onaga's private jet flights, complete with wining and dining on our dime, to push his personal, and at times, illegal agenda, and which the majority of Okinawans do not support. And on top of that, he still has his hands out to said government for financial support in housing the bases while demanding the US leave, and has no problem paying people thousands upon thousands of yen to show up, hold mass printed placards, and cover their faces from the media once they realize what they're in for.

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Ah, the downvotes for stating verifiable facts. So precious.

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