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Gates: US Will Be Patient on Okinawa Base
« on: January 15, 2011, 04:11:14 pm »
Gates: US Will Be Patient on Okinawa Base: Will Give Japanese Govt Time to Silence Popular Opposition to Base
http://news.antiwar.com/2011/01/13/gates-us-will-be-patient-on-okinawa-base/
by Jason Ditz, January 13, 2011

Japanese government efforts to get the US to end its military domination of the island of Okinawa has been a major political problem that has only been exasperated by angry US rebukes for the notion that they should leave, or even pare down their massive presence.

But Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted that the US would be taking a more conciliatory tack, at least sort of. Gates expressed understanding of the “complex matter” and said the US would show patience while the Japanese government silenced popular opposition to its base amongst Okinawans.

When Japan’s Democratic Party (DPJ) came to power they were openly discussing kicking the US military off the island entirely, but US demands for massive cash payments for even a minor reduction of the amount of the island they occupy and angry rebukes quickly stifled the effort.

The US currently has about 47,000 troops in Japan, and appears determined to keep its presence more or less forever. The land usage and noise problems related to the deployment is a constant complaint for Okinawans, but the US stance has been consistently to ignore it.

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Re: Gates: US Will Be Patient on Okinawa Base
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 04:14:10 pm »
Gates: US Needs Troops in Japan ‘Long-Term’ to Target China, North Korea: Insists China Would Act 'More Aggressively' Without 47,000 Troops in Japan
http://news.antiwar.com/2011/01/14/gates-us-needs-troops-in-japan-long-term-to-target-china-north-korea/
by Jason Ditz, January 14, 2011

In a speech today at Keio University in Tokyo, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insisted the US needed to keep its 47,000 troops in Japan “long-term” and that the presence is “more necessary, more relevant and more important than ever.”

Though the military deployment in Japan was historically about posing a threat in the Pacific to the Soviet Union, Gates insisted that the troops are there to “keep China’s rising power in check” and to target North Korea, which one would figure was more the reason the troops in South Korea are there.

Still, Gates predicted that without the troops in Japan, China would “act more aggressively” against US interests, and war games in the region would be “harder.” Though Japan and China are traditionally rivals, the growing Japanese antipathy over the massive US military presence on Okinawa seems like it’s going to need more justification than that.

In the end, the claims of grave threats that warrant such a presence ring extremely hollow. China is an ally, and economic ties ensure that far more than the threat of US attacks. North Korea, on the other hand, is teetering on the brink of collapse, with South Korea openly talking about annexation. Neither seems a major “threat” to either the US or Japan.
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