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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Yes people of Nago vote for the LDP for prosperity!! Just look at what all the LDP has done for the people of Okinawa since reversion. Look at all of the big companies with high paying jobs that the LDP has brought to Okinawa. Look how rich and prosperous the people of Okinawa have become under the LDP.
The LDP places more priority on the U.S. Military bases and the quality of life for U.S. Military Personnel than they do for the livelihoods and quality of life for the people of Okinawa. Look at all of those nice air conditioned schools they have built for Military Children, how many schools on Okinawa are air conditioned?
The lives for the average person on Okinawa will never change no matter who wins until the central government makes the livelihoods and quality of life of the people of Okinawa more important than the U.S. military Bases! All a LDP friendly local administration is going to do is get a bigger budget from the central govt. that will have strings attached and make mainland Japanese Companies richer with very little benefit to the average person on Okinawa! The deck of cards is always stacked against Okinawa and Mainland Japan always wins!
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Japanese politicians are envious of their U.S. counterparts who regardless if they are Republicans or Democrats are able to make a lot of money from their connections with the Merchants of Death.
Japan is an aging country with little natural resources and a dwindling tax base and many social problems that need to be addressed so they cannot afford to throw away money on weapons systems just because of pressure from the United States. Japan needs a foreign and defense policy based on the actual needs of it's people and that reflects the reality of present day Japan instead of just meekly walking behind the U.S. and doing whatever they say.
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I would like to have the J-Govt. explain exactly what it's China Policy is. On one hand they say China is an important economic/trading partner but on the other hand they say China is a huge military threat. Which one is it? Japan is one of the largest reasons that China's economy became so large which has made it possible for China to expand it's military spending. The Japanese Govt. contributed to and is still contributing to China's military buildup and now they say that Japan must greatly increase it's defense spending to counter China's military buildup which Japan helped to create. Japan sent Japanese jobs and technology to China and now they want to take more of the taxpayers money to spend on weapons to defend it from China.
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RIP Queen of Soul and thank you for all of the great music you left behind for us to continue to enjoy.
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You really have to laugh at the Japanese Govt. because they spend all of that money to procure the aircraft and then they have to bribe the local people to allow the aircraft in their area and then they say that the rise in the rate of severe accidents involving the Osprey has nothing to do with the safety of the aircraft but the GSDF will not be conducting aerial refuling missions or other operations above Saga Pref. as part of safety measures. SMH!
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So what you are saying is that because of alleged Russian Interference in the 2016 elections the people of Flint Michigan don't have clean drinking water and the streets of Chicago are not safe and kids in schools are not safe and the income equality gap keeps getting bigger and bigger. I believe these problems were around long before 2016. Go talk to poor people in Appalachia and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. Go talk to poor people in Mississippi and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. Go talk to the people who have lost their jobs and homes and see how the Russian Interference Allegations rank in their list of concerns. The U.S. has a lot of major problems that need to be addressed but yet the political establishment and media are all screaming Russia, Russia, Russia and doing nothing to address the real problems. Russia is not the cause of racism in the U.S., Russia is not the cause of gun violence in the U.S. and Russia is not the cause of poverty and income equality in the U.S., politicians need to be taking care of the real problems in the U.S. instead of looking for a scapegoat to blame for a candidate losing an election.
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The political establishment and the media are the only ones in the U.S. concerned with alleged Russian interference in U.S. Elections and keeping this story alive to deflect from the real problems that the U.S. faces. Do you think people in Flint Michigan where the water is not fit to drink are concerned? Do you think people in Chicago the murder capital of the world are concerned? Do you think that parents who lost their children to gun violence are concerned? Do you think the men and women working two jobs and still not being able to make ends meet are concerned? The average U.S. citizen could care less. The Koch Brothers and the other super rich who buy and influence elections are a lot bigger threat than Russia.
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I actually know him, having first met him when he had a local radio program many years ago. I haven't spoken to him in several years but he is a good man and his story is a familiar one on Okinawa because his father was a U.S. Serviceman (Marine) who left Okinawa before he was born and was never seen again. I believe that he made an attempt to try and locate his father but was unsuccessful. Even though his father abandoned him and his mother, he does not dislike Americans and he loves Rock n Roll. He had a tough childhood and was picked on because of being Amerasian and his father not being around. In 2009 he became the first Amerasian member of the Japanese House of Representatives and it would be nice to see him become the Gov. of Okinawa. He has his work cut out for him because the LDP will be promising the people of Okinawa everything under the sun to try and win this election.
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Everytime there is an important election in Okinawa that might affect the U.S. Military Bases, the Central Govt. makes promises of increased budgets if their candidate is elected and decreased budgets if their candidate is defeated. If Okinawa had a vibrant economy with a strong GDP and almost all of the people had good paying jobs, and was not dependent on the Central Govt. then the Central Govt. could not use the threats of decreasing budgets to force their will on the people. Also if Okinawa had a strong economy and GDP and most of the people had good paying jobs, because of the limited amount of land there would be the demand for more available land and with most of the U.S. Bases sitting on prime land then there would be more pressure to get rid of the bases which is something the Central Govt. does not want. The No. 1 priority on Okinawa for the Central Govt. is the stability of the U.S. Military Bases and achieving that stability means that the people of Okinawa need to stay dependent on the Central Govt. Budget so that the Central Govt. can use that budget as leverage to buy support for the bases.
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voice of okinawa,
No use to talking to smithinjapan, he is a Canadian living in Osaka and knows nothing about the U.S. Military and their Bases on Okinawa. He only posts on threads about Okinawa because of his dislike for the people of Okinawa.
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The Japanese Govt. does not want an economic vibrant Okinawa or the people of Okinawa to be prosperous, they want the people of Okinawa to always be dependent on the budget from the Central Govt. because that is how they control them.
All the Central Govt. wants from the Gov. of Okinawa is to always say yes to everything they propose and then they will give him a budget full of pork barrel spending projects that mostly benefit the large Mainland Japan Construction Companies that contribute huge amounts of money to the LDP. A LDP led Central Govt. will not compromise or deal with Okinawa, they will tell them what they are going to do and to accept it or they will cut the budget.
I have lived under every post war democratically governor of Okinawa starting with Mr. Yara in 1968. The people of Okinawa fought hard for and had high hopes for reversion back to Japan but what they got is basically a continuation of the way the Japanese Govt. treated them before WWII.
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Hopefully the new governor will be someone who is not afraid to give the one finger salute to Abe and the rest of the right wing LDP members and Central Govt. bureaucrats who are prejudiced against the people of Okinawa. Mainland Japan owes the people of Okinawa big time for sacrificing them during WWII and for giving them to the U.S. Military but instead of paying them back for the sacrifices they have made, they continue to force the people of Okinawa to make more and more sacrifices. Mainland Japan has never cared about the people of Okinawa which has been shown over and over again ever since they annexed them.
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I don't understand how some people are always confusing the protests against the relocation of MCAS Futenma to Henoko as a sign that the people of Okinawa want all of the U.S. Bases closed. Show me a sign in that picture that says Close all of the U.S. Bases. Most of the people of Okinawa support a limited U.S. Military presence but it is this forcing of a facility that some experts say will have an environmental impact on the island of Okinawa without a full explanation of why this facility and the U.S. Marines themselves are so critical to the defense of Japan and why they are necessary to be on Okinawa that has the people of Okinawa angry. The U.S. Marines have more bases on Okinawa and take up more land space than any other branch of service but yet have nothing on Okinawa that would deter or prevent an attack on Okinawa. The U.S. Air Force on Kadena Air Base and the JSDF at Naha Air Base along with the various JSDF Missile sites on Okinawa are the ones who would be doing the responding to any enemy threats to Okinawa.
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Up untill now all of the U.S. Military bases on Okinawa have been built with the idea that someday the base would no longer be needed and all the facilities would be removed and the land would be restored to as close to what it was originally and returned to the landowners. I believe that is actually stipulated in the land lease agreement with the landowners. But this facility that they are proposing in Henoko goes against this idea of a temporary facility that would eventually be retuned someday because once this landfill at Henoko is completed, it cannot be reversed and that Ocean area cannot be returned to what it is right now. That facility will be truely a permanent facility. So if this is just an extension of Camp Schwab, why would you put a truly permanent facility inside a base that is actually a temporary base? If it is deemed someday that Camp Schwab is no longer needed and can be returned, then all of those facilities on land at Schwab will be removed and the land will be restored and returned to the landowners but that facility on the Ocean will always be there. Why doesn't the Japanese Govt. have to explain why they are building the first truly permanent U.S. Military facility on Okinawa and what would the plans for that facility be if Schwab is ever returned to the landowners? Also I wonder that if this facility is an extension of Camp Schwab, does the land lease agreement with the landowners of Schwab apply to it?
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How are you doing? We have spoken on quite a few occasions and I was suprised to see you posting on here and using your real name. I first met you back in the old Hernando's days in Minatogawa. I have been on Okinawa since 1967 but I know you have been here a lot longer than I have and I have much respect for you.
K.A.B would have been a good location but the Air Force dislikes the Marines as much as the Okinawans. Camp Hansen would have been another good location and a lot's cheaper option. Even Ie Shima which already has a Marine Base and Runway which used to host the Harriers would have been a good location. The Japanese Govt. chose Henoko because it is the most expensive option out of all the locations on Okinawa and because the expensive landfill provides the most profit for the big Mainland Japanese construction companies that support the LDP. This is just a big pork barell project to benfit the big Mainland Japanese Construction companies under the disguise of being necessary for the defense of Japan. The U.S. Marines on Okinawa have nothing that would deter or prevent an attack by China, N.K. or anyone else with serious military capabilities.
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You are joking right? Camp Mujuk in Pohang, please tell me how many dependent housing the S.K. Govt. has built there and how many Dependent Schools the S.K. Govt. has built there and how many golf courses and other leisure facilities the S. K. Govt. has built there?Please tell me how many dependent housing, schools, golf courses and other leisure facilities the German Govt. has built for the U.S. Marines? Please tell me how many dependent housing, dependent schools, golf courses and other leisure facilities the U.K. Govt. has built for the U.S. Marines? Please tell me how many dependent housing, schools, golf courses and other leisure facilities the Govt. of Italy has built for the U.S. Marines? Please tell me how many dependent housing. schools, golf courses and other leisure facilites the Govt. of Spain has built for the U.S. Marines? Please tell me how many dependent housing, schools, golf courses and other leisure facilities the Govt. of Saudi Arabia has built for the U.S. Marines?
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RIP Gov. Onaga, a great servant of the people of Okinawa as the Mayor of Naha and Governor of Okinawa.
The reasons the U.S. Marines are on Okinawa is because the Govt. of Japan is the only country outside of the U.S., that is willing to waste their taxpayers money on a force that cannot even defeat a bunch of goat herders in Afghanistan.
Name another country outside of Japan that would build thousands of Central Air conditioned Housing units, Dependent Schools, Day Care Centers, Golf Courses, Military Clubs, Libraries, Bowling Centers, and other leisure centers for the U.S. Marines who contribute almost nothing to the defense of Japan. I wish that all Japanese Taxpayers could come inside the Marine Bases and see what their tax money has been spent on.
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Sorry to disappoint you but The Mainichi Newspaper is reporting that for the deployment of the first battery, the U.S. side has said about six years are needed after "concluding a contract" with Japan, according to Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. So looks like 6 more years of sleepless nights for you and in 6 years the system will probably be obsolete so Japan will then have to buy Lockeed Martin's latest system.
As other posters have pointed out, this is a massive waste of money that could be better spent on some of the many things that Japan needs to do to improve the lives of its people.
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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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Some information on why Gov. Onaga is taking this action.
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I stand corrected, but that ocean at MCAS Iwakuni does not even come close to the beautiful ocean at Henoko.
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For the expansion of MCAS Iwakuni, was there a massive landfill of the ocean ?
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The Japanese Govt. destroying a beautiful ocean spot and wasting a lot of money to build a facility for the U.S. Marines who contribute very little to the defense of Japan. Kudos to Gov. Onaga who even though he is a sick man is still keeping his promise to the voters to try and stop this project with what ever means he can use.
Gov. Onaga is keeping his word unlike his predecessor Nakaima who lied to and betrayed the trust of the voters who elected him. I would still like to hear Nakaima explain why MCAS Futenma is not being being closed within 5 years of his signing of the Landfill Agreement even if no replacement was ready which is what he said Abe promised him and why he signed the agreement.
Every since Okinawa has been a part of Japan, the people of Okinawa have been bullied and discriminated against. The Central Govt. would never attempt to try and build a Facility like this in any other prefecture except Okinawa.
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