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Thousands of people have formed a human chain around the Futenma airbase on the island of Okinawa to protest the US military presence in Japan
Some 17,000 protesters called on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Sunday to move the controversial facility out of Okinawa, Kyodo news agency reported.
The rally comes just days ahead of a visit to Japan by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
The relocation of the Futenma airbase is at the center of a dispute between Washington and Tokyo.
The Self Defense Force's purpose is to preserve peace, public order and Japan's independence and safety. About 6% of the national budget is spent on national defense (2005). Military service is voluntary. The force has about 250,000 members. Supreme commander is the Prime Minister.
TOKYO—Japan's foreign minister expressed concern about China's growing military muscle—a development he said raised the urgency for Washington and Tokyo to resolve their standoff over where to station U.S. troops in Japan.
"I wouldn't use the word 'threat'—but we certainly will need to watch very carefully the nuclear arsenal and naval capabilities of China," Katsuya Okada said in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal. "And it is because of this that, all the more, the Japan-U.S. alliance would be important."
The South Koreans don't want us there
Originally posted by airspoon
reply to post by FreeSpeaker
China is not going to attack Japan and even if they were, it should not be our responsibility to protect Japan. Sure we should hold true to our alliance maybe but we should not be the sole protector of Japan. Maybe they should spend more on their defense budget instead of America having to shoulder that burden. Why should my labor/life be used to pay for their defense?
Originally posted by airspoon
But again, China may try to politically influence Japan but they are nowhere close to invading the Islands. China has a good thing going with the west and it is going to make them THE super-power one day. They would be stupid to invade Japan unprovoked.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
When you have cruise missles that reach the globe and nukes that can sit on submarines and you actually have the stones to use them you don't need forward troops. Go ahead and come out with a non-symetrical military policy and pull the troops home. Why the hell are we spending $billions for technology that creates the ability to strike a target from thousands of miles away and not have an impact on the number of troops we have in the field?
China would never even have to invade the island, simply block it off from assistance and supplies and wait for the collapse of civil services and the government. Then when all is chaos and disorder walk on in and take over. Its the same thing as laying siege to a castle, simply starve them out. That's why Japan fears China's growing navy.
Originally posted by andy1033
reply to post by Chakotay
It must be sickening for japanese to see americans there after what the yanks did to them all those years ago.