Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Road map for base reversions - The Japan Times


Japan and the United States on April 5 agreed on a road map for the reversion of five U.S. military facilities plus U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, all lying south of U.S. Kadena Air Base on Okinawa Island.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the same day that the agreement was “extremely meaningful to lessen the burden of Okinawa.” Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera visited Okinawa the next day and explained the reversion plan to Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima.

Although the government is trying to sell the agreement to Okinawans, it has a major flaw. Most of the facilities will not be returned unless alternative sites are secured within existing U.S. military facilities on Okinawa or unless a large number of U.S. Marines currently stationed there are deployed elsewhere.

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Comment: This sounds an awful lot like the "Road Map  for Peace" between that Muslim terrorist organization, otherwise known as the PLO and the only real democracy in the Middle East otherwise known as Israel. Since we now have empirical evidence that clearly demonstrates how well that whole road map "thingy" worked out over there, I'm sure that makes everyone a whole lot more confident about how this "Road Map" is going to work out here in Okinawa.

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