Once again, the closure of Camp Kinser and the return of a small portion of Camp Foster is not dependent on the closure and re-location of MCAS Futenma. The closure of Camp Kinser, the small portion of Camp Foster that is scheduled to be returned is dependent on the Japanese Govt. building new replacement facilities on existing bases on Okinawa as well as Guam. The closure and re-location of MCAS Futenma is a separate issue from other proposed base closures and return of land.
If the Japanese Govt. wants to get more Yes votes then they should include the following voter option,
Do you want to remove all of the U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Yes or No.
Now that voter option would get a lot of Yes votes!
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No more centrist, moderate. neo-liberal democrats. The Democratic Party needs to get back to the Democratic Socialist party of FDR and get away from the corporate, Wall Street, vulture capitalist friendly party of Bill Clinton. It has always been radicals that have brought change to the U.S.. The founding fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were radicals who were not afraid to take on the British Empire. Abraham Lincoln was a radical for signing the Emancipation Proclamation. FDR was a radical for implementing the New Deal and Social Security, Martin Luther King was a radical for demanding Civil Rights now. Moderates are only good for keeping the status quo and the status quo means allowing Greedy Corporations and Wealthy Individuals to buy and control politicians.
Conducted by The Hill in partnership with the market research firm HarrisX, a poll found that 59 percent of the U.S. public supports raising the marginal tax rate on the richest Americans to 70 percent. The poll also found a "surprising amount of support" for the proposal among Republicans, with 45 percent backing the idea along with 71 percent of Democrats.
The vast majority of Americans, 70 percent, now support Medicare-for-all, otherwise known as single-payer health care, according to a new Reuters survey. That includes 85 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans. Only 20 percent of Americans say they outright oppose the idea.
When Democratic Socialist programs are factually explained to the people of the United States, a majority of the people support them. Don't believe the hype of Establishment Democrats and Republicans. They are one and the same, both Establishment Democrats and Republicans are the slaves of the Wealthy Donors, Greedy Corporations and Military Industrial Complex.
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Any money spent on the U.S. Marines on Okinawa by the Japanese Govt. is a waste of money. Go inside a JSDF base on Okinawa and see how they live and then go inside a U.S. Marine Base on Okinawa and look at all of the Military Family Housing, Dependent Schools and Leisure Facilities the GOJ has built for them and see the difference. The JSDF is more important for the defense of Japan than the U.S. Marines. Instead of wasting the Japanese Taxpayer money in Henoko, spend it on the JSDF.
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Love Ichiro but shame on the Mariners for allowing him to play in Japan in order to sell tickets but once they leave Japan he will be on the bench or in the Minor Leagues.
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I can picture all of the other leaders in the G7 laughing their ***** off.
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Maybe Abe should nominate Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize if he wants to get faster results.
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The closing of Camp Kinser and other bases have nothing to do with the relocation of MCAS Futenma. I suggest you search for an agreement signed by Japan and the U.S. in 2012 where they agreed to close Camp Kinser and relocate Marines and their dependents to Guam regardless of what happens to MCAS Futenma.
The timetable for the closure of Camp Kinser depends on the Japanese Govt. building replacement facilities on Guam and existing U.S. Bases on Okinawa. The same for Naha Port which depends on a new port being built in Urasoe. The relocation of MCAS Futenma is a separate issue from other base closures and relocation's. I would like for people who are talking about all bases being closed south of Kadena if MCAS Futenma is relocated to give a time table for that happening. You not only have Camp Foster but you have Plaza Housing Area, Kishaba Housing Area which are controlled by the Air Force as are all housing areas even if they are on Marine Bases and the Ft. Buckner Communication site behind the Futenma Shrine which is controlled by the U.S. Army which would have to be relocated somewhere on Okinawa.
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The U.S. Marines were not necessary to be on Okinawa when I first came here in 1967 and they are not necessary to be on Okinawa in 2019. The U.S. Marines on Okinawa have nothing that would deter an attack by an enemy and they contribute almost nothing to the defence of Japan but yet they have the most bases on Okinawa and the Japanese taxpayers are going to spend 3 trillion yen (current prices but will probably double or triple before the completion) to build them a state of the art facility. The U.S. Marines on Okinawa have more dependents on Okinawa than fighting troops and they spend more time on their golf courses, private beaches and other leisure facilities than they do training.
Send Shinzo Abe and the Okinawa hating LDP and bureaucrats in Tokyo a message and vote no to Henoko!!
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The Japanese Govt. is not easing the burden on Okinawa with the Henoko relocation, what they are doing is removing the burden from the people of Ginowan City and placing that burden on the people of Henoko and Nago but the burden is still on Okinawa.
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Until there is prosecution of people in Govt. organizations who are negligent in their duties to protect these children from abuse then there will be no changes no matter how many new people you hire. A bow and an apology should never allow a person to escape responsibility for placing a child in a known dangerous environment.
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The LDP are a disgrace for trying to deny the people of Okinawa their right to freely express their opinion on the Henoko Relocation Plan. Every eligible registered voter on Okinawa should have the right to participate in this Referendum. This has nothing to do with apathy, but is a campaign by the LDP on Okinawa with the encouragement of the Central Gov. to lessen the impact of the referendum and keep from embarrassing PM Abe.
Can you imagine what an embarrassment to the Central Gov. it would be if a majority of the voters in Ginowan City where MCAS Futenma is located voted not to relocate it to Henoko?
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What an embarrassment to Japan Abe is! Other world leaders are running away from Trump and only meet him when they absolutely have to but Abe is always chasing after him and trying to arrange meetings with him.
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Russia is always the bad guy but the U.S. is always the good guy, LOL. If you compare the U.S. and Russia side by side, in my opinion the U.S. has done a lot more bad things in it's on country and around the world!! The genocide of American Indians, the enslavement of black people, the Civil War, Jim Crow, the Vietnam War, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the support of genocide in Yemen, and look at even today, the continuation of Police Brutality against minorities and the number of gun related deaths in the United States.
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Japan can do whatever it wants and spend as much money as they want, but they will never be able to defeat China. The United States Military who cannot even defeat a bunch of goat herders in Afghanistan cannot defeat China. The best case scenario would be a stalemate with major damages in both countries but more so in Japan than China. With a shrinking and aging population in Japan, who is going to be manning these battleships and flying these planes? If China ever decides to make a sudden and all-out attack on Japan then it is game over. If they attack on a major U.S. Holiday or the day of the Super Bowl, then by the time U.S. Forces report to duty it is game over.
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Unless you lived in Okinawa during the U.S. Military Occupation, you have no idea about how the people of Okinawa feel about the U.S. Military Bases. The people of Okinawa are against the relocation of MCAS Futenma because it is being built because of the rape of a 12 year old girl by 3 U.S. Servicemen and the Japanese Govt. and the U.S. Govt. are pretending that they care about the safety of the people of Ginowan City. If the Japanese Govt. and the U.S. Govt. cared about the people of Ginowan, they would have held high level talks to close MCAS Futenma right after Reversion of Okinawa to japan but they did not. The U.S. Marines are not necessary to be on Okinawa for the Defense of Japan, never have been and never will be.
It would be better for the JSDF to take over all of the U.S. Marine Bases on Okinawa because the JSDF do not need Military Family Housing, Dependent Schools, Golf Courses, Bowling Centers, Movie Theaters, PX, Commissaries, Fitness Centers, Tennis Courts, Private Beaches, etc. If the JSDF took over all of the U.S. Marine Bases on Okinawa, they would still be able to return over half of the land currently used by the U.S. Marines and perform the same function.
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Why should the people of Okinawa have to accept a U.S. Military Facility that is being built because a 12 year old girl was forcibly abducted and brutally gang raped by 3 U.S. Servicemen. If that rape had not happened, then MCAS Futenma would not have been designated to be closed and the new facility would not be being built at Henoko.
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I don't consider abducting a 12 year old girl, bounding and gagging her, putting her in a vehicle and driving her to a remote location and gang raping her to be a whim.
I guess it is just a coincidence that the facility that the Japanese Govt. decided to build for the U.S. Marines in order to close MCAS Futenma just happened to be exactly what the U.S. Marines wanted. The U.S. Marines told the Japanese Govt. exactly what they wanted and the Japanese Govt. agreed to give it to them.
So a 12 year old girl gets gang raped by 3 U.S. Military personnel, the U.S. Marines get a brand new state of the art facility paid for by the Japanese Taxpayers and a beautiful ocean spot on Okinawa gets destroyed. I thought that crime didn't pay!
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The U.S. Marines took advantage of the abduction and brutal gang rape of a 12 year old girl by a U.S. Navy Seaman and 2 Marines stationed at Camp Hansen to get the Japanese Govt. to build them a new state of the art facility to replace an old unimportant to the defense of Japan base called MCAS Futenma. After such a horrific crime was committed by U.S. Marines, that the Marines would demand that the Japanese Govt. build such a facility for them and the fact that the Japanese Govt. agreed to build such a facility for them just shows how little both the Marines and the Japanese Govt. respect the people of Okinawa.
And for all of you people who believe the BS that the Japanese Govt. and the U.S. Marines are closing MCAS Futenma because of safety concerns for the people of Ginowan City, the Japanese Govt. had 23 years from the reversion of Japan until the rape incident happened to hold discussions with the U.S. Military to relocate MCAS Futenma because it was dangerous but neither the Japanese Govt. or the U.S. Marine Corps took any action to close MCAS Futenma until the rape incident happened.
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The Philippines kicked the U.S. Military out so there should be no U.S. troops involved in defending them until they are willing to accept permanent U.S. bases on their soil. If the Philippines want the U.S. Military to defend them, then they should be required to take all of the Marine Bases that are on Okinawa. Why should the people of Okinawa be required to bear the burden for hosting bases to defend a country that kicked the U.S. military out.
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I have a lot of respect for Komeito voters on Okinawa who defied Tokyo and voted their conscience and voted for Tamaki for Gov. of Okinawa but it is really time for Komeito to pull out of this coalition with the LDP. They have had to sacrifice most of their principles and go against their own members in order to help the LDP push their polices through and get LDP members elected but Komeito themselves have gotten very little from the LDP and I can't think of any of their policy proposals that have become law.
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The Philippines kicked the U.S. Military out but yet the U.S. Military still has obligations to defend them? People are always saying if Japan kicked the U.S. Military out then the Japanese would be on their own and have to defend themselves so why do the Philippines get to kick the U.S. Military out but still have U.S. soldiers and even Japanese soldiers putting their lives on the line to defend the Philippines?
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Congratulations to Denny, what an accomplishment! Definitely not your typical silver spoon born Japanese politician, his U.S. Marine father abandoned his mother before he was born and he never knew him and was teased and bullied as a child because he was Amerasian and without a father. He became the first Amerasian elected to the Japanese Diet in 2009 and ,as far as I know, is now the first Amerasian governor of a Japanese Prefecture. Nothing but respect for Denny because of what he has had to overcome in his life to get where he is today.
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The Japanese Govt. gave Okinawa to the U.S. Military and Okinawa missed out on the . economic growth that the people of Japan enjoyed. While Mainland Japanese were working for Toyota, Honda and Panasonic, the people of Okinawa were working as houseboys and maids for the U.S. Military. The Japanese Govt. is responsible for the economic situation of the people of Okinawa and it is the responsibility of the Japanese Govt. to improve the livlihoods and quality of life for the people of Okinawa but the problem is that the Japanese Govt. places priority on the U.S. Military Bases instead of the people of Okinawa.
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Why is there no explanation from the British Govt. as to how the Skripal's survived the most deadly chemical agent in the world and why are they not being allowed to tell their miraculous survival story? Why has their been no investigation into what activities Sergei Skripal was involved in since he came to the U.K.?
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Tell me what is the future of Okinawa? How is the LDP going to improve the livelihoods and quality of life for the average person on Okinawa?
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Sorry my friend but all of my years on Okinawa have taught me that the elections on Okinawa are not a barometer of the people's true feelings. They vote in cycles and they will vote the LDP in for 4 or 8 years and then vote them out again. You are a LDP supporter but do you really think the new LDP mayor of Nago is going to bring economic prosperity to that city? Do you really think that companies with good paying salaries are coming to Nago? if Sakima is elected governor do you really think that he will bring economic prosperity to Okinawa? Do you really think that companies with good paying salaries are coming to Okinawa? The LDP politicians will be voted in for a cycle but once the people of Okinawa realize that they can not deliver on their promises to make their lives better then they will be voted out again.
Anyway, I personally hope the referendum takes place and the people of Okinawa have the say in this matter that they deserve and that the central govt. will be forced to accept the results of the referendum no matter what it is. And people should never forget the real reason that MCAS Futenma was decided to be closed and the U.S. Marines are getting this new facility built at Henoko courtesy of the Japanese Taxpayers and that reason is the kidnapping and brutal gang rape of a very young girl by 3 Marines.
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How about providing us with data that is indicative of the overwhelming support of the Henoko Relocation plan by the people of Okinawa.
Only needed 23, 000 signatures but got 93,000 and from May 23 to July 23 a 2 month period or an average of over 1,500 per day which is not an easy task on Okinawa.
Why don't you start getting signatures of eligible voters who say they want MCAS Futenma to be relocated to Henoko and see how many you get in the next 2 months?
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93,000 signatures out of eligible voters which were verified by local election boards not the total population of Okinawa that you implied which makes the number impressive. The last thing the Central Govt. wants to see is a referendum about Henoko. I personally believe that if the people are given a chance to vote just on the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko only then they will reject the relocation plan. The problem is the Central Govt. will not accept the results if it goes against them just like they refused to accept the results of the people of Nago voting against the relocation plan in 1997.
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Vague on his support for the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko which means he plans to run a typical LDP campaign of deception.
Going to seek a revision of the SOFA. LOL, if the gov. of Okinawa has no say in where a U.S. Military base can be located then why does he think he will have a say in revising SOFA.Going to invite a U.N. Organization to utilize MCAS Futenma when it is returned. If it is a U.N. Organization, then all of the facilities, employees salaries etc. will be paid for by the Japanese Taxpayers and the only jobs the local people of Okinawa will be doing is cutting the grass and cleaning the buildings.
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