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US-Japan Showdown Over Okinawa Looms

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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 02:43 PM
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US-Japan Showdown Over Okinawa Looms


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Under a deal negotiated with the U.S., Tokyo agreed to foot part of the bill to move 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to a new base in Guam by 2014, easing overcrowding on the Japanese island that hosts more than half of the 50,000 American troops stationed in the country. About 10,000 Marines will remain.
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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 02:43 PM
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Another key issue he'll have to address is a long-delayed plan to relocate Okinawa's Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to a new location.

Washington has already tried to head off any attempts by the new government to re-negotiate the terms of the agreements.

"The United States has no intention to re-negotiate the Futenma replacement facility plan or Guam relocation with the government of Japan," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Monday.

The challenge comes amid concerns over Hatoyama's inexperience in foreign affairs and worries that his desire for more balanced relations with Washington and deeper ties with Asian neighbors could open a rift between the old allies.

Those have largely been fueled by an op-ed published in The New York Times ahead of Sunday's election, in which he suggested that Japan had suffered under U.S.-led globalization.


It would seem to me that the Japanese are getting a little tired of taking orders from America.

I wish them the best of luck in asserting their soverignty. Of course, the United States is the Boss, so they won't take any changes lying down.



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posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 02:51 PM
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I doubt Japan would be up to the challenge. You know what you tell a man with 2 black eyes? Nothing...he's already been told twice!

Just my 2-cents



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 04:23 PM
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Ya Aggie but with the amount of US debt that Japans owns, and Asia as a whole, the US is in no position to be bullying anyone.



posted on Sep, 1 2009 @ 04:36 PM
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I wonder how quick Japan would invite us back in if China was knocking at its back door.

Seriously, if Japan wants us out we should grant them their wish just like we did with the Philippines.



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