OKIU Jiji Eigo Class comments

Posted in: 5,000 rally in Ginowan against Osprey deployment See in context

Of the students in the Current Affairs in English class at Okinawa International University, not one attended the rally. The reasons they gave were they didn't know about it (47%), they had part-time jobs to go to (21%), they wanted to work on base and it would have been hypocritical to attend (5%). In class, students had read an opinion piece from the Daily Yomiuri <>http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T120612003991.htm<>. After reading the article, only one student in the class mentioned that he, "was still wondering whether the Osprey is good or not," and even he voted against the proposition that Okinawa was an ideal place for the deployment of the aircraft. In other words, even after hearing the case for bringing the Osprey to Okinawa, 100% of the students rejected it. Since all but one of them are majoring in English, it seems unlikely that their views would be less favorable to the US presence than those of the general public.

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