The US military bases located in Okinawa, Japan are not there for Japan’s protection but are there for the specific reason to prevent China’s military expansion into the Pacific Ocean and for Taiwan. The people in Okinawa apparently realize this which explains the thousands of people who showed up on Sunday, February 21 to demonstrate their objection to the continued US military presence in Okinawa. Shinzo Abe’s LDP corporate power click running the show for the Anglo-Americans are probably going to continue their acquiescence to the Anglo-Americans by basically ignoring the people who live in Okinawa. As can be seen in the image the people of Okinawa fully realize Shinzo Abe’s LDP are being pressured by the Anglo-Americans to militarize as a “deterrent to China”. Anything wrong with Japanese diplomats and Chinese diplomats getting together on a monthly basis to figure out equitable ways for national reconciliation and peaceful trade? As has been reported though, the US seems to be the country provoking China with its “Asia pivot” with the Chinese saying it is the US doing the military provocations.
Thousands in Japan rally against U.S. base on Okinawa
February 21, 2016
By Minami Funakoshi
TOKYO (Reuters) – Thousands of people surrounded Japan’s parliament on Sunday to protest against government plans to relocate a U.S. military base on Okinawa island, local media reported.
Kyodo news agency said some 28,000 protesters had ringed parliament house in central Tokyo, holding hands and shouting: “Don’t build the base”. Hundreds more held similar protests across the country, it also reported.
Okinawa was the site of Japan’s only land battles in World War Two and many residents there resent the fact that it hosts tens of thousands of U.S. troops and military.
The United States and Japan agreed in 1996 to relocate the base, currently in a heavily populated area, to a new site in Henoko, but many residents of the island have rejected the proposal and want the base moved altogether.
Many residents of Okinawa say they associate U.S. bases with noise, pollution and crime.
(Editing by Miral Fahmy)