Tuesday, February 26, 2013

U.S. forces seek closer ties with communities | The Japan Times

A senior official with the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa said the U.S. military intends to strengthen cooperation with local authorities to conduct relief operations smoothly in the event of a huge earthquake.

Robert D. Eldridge, deputy assistant chief of staff of government and external affairs for the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Butler, said in a recent interview that efforts to boost U.S. military cooperation with Japanese authorities have already begun.

U.S. officers attended a disaster meeting hosted by the Shizuoka Prefectural Government last May, together with officials of nine municipalities, including some from Aichi and Mie prefectures, according to Eldridge.

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Comment: Maybe the US military should try to seek closer ties with the "LOCAL" communities first! It's good that they participated in disaster relief after the tsunami and all but, they don't do a whole lot, if anything, to patch things up with the locals in Okinawa and maybe that's part of the problem! They say that charity begins at home, why not send a bunch of he-men out there to cut weeds along the highways or something. They are getting pretty tall in most places because there's no money in the budgets for it anymore. They spent it all on VIP boondoggles. At least out there cutting weeds, the people would see them doing something positive, something other than causing mayhem! That would help some, don't you think?

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