US military in Okinawa violates its security agreement with Japan (one more abuse in a long litany of abuses)

The United States military around the world right about now certainly do seem to appear to be undermining their own ability to do what its alleged leaders are telling the world: economic and security stability. The people of Okinawa have had enough of the US military presence there and have demonstrated this repeatedly in protests and sit ins outside of US military bases in Okinawa. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, even went to Okinawa recently to participate in a sit-in to protest the construction of several US Marine helipads. The violation comes from the US bringing non-American troops to Japan, unlike US service personnel stationed in the country, non-Americans are not covered by the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). This agreement facilitates standard immigration procedures and gives the military primary right of jurisdiction in case of a breach of law while on duty.

Now it turns out the US violated its security agreement with Japan by training UK military members embedded with US military members in Okinawa. All around the world the US continues to abuse its presence with the Department of Defense (DoD) now contracting with private military contractors to fight in Syria without the permission of the Syrian government. And the other day, the former director of the CIA (criminal syndicate) Michael Morell, publicly called for the killing of Iranians and Russians in Syria also calling for the terrorist bombing of Syrian targets including personnel. As far as the Japanese are concerned Japan is subtly removing itself from American influence and Russia is quietly making that possible.
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Source: Sputnik

US Violates Security Treaty With Japan

August 11, 2016

The UK Ministry of Defence has disclosed that the United States has been training British troops on its military bases in Okinawa, in violation of the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement.

According to the Royal Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, England, two Royal Marine lieutenants were embedded with American counterparts and deployed to US Marine Corps Camp Schwab and USMC Camp Hansen in January 2015, where they conducted jungle and range training.

The deployment violates a Japan-US security agreement signed in 1960. The treaty committed America to assist in the defense of Japan if it came under military attack, and Tokyo, for its part, provided bases and ports for US armed forces. The treaty does not allow the training of third-country forces at US bases in Japan.

Angry comments from officials in Okinawa were not long in coming.

“If everybody starts freely using [US bases], there’ll be no stopping it. Whether the Japanese government tacitly gave permission or did not know about it, it’s a big problem,” a prefecture spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Okinawan elected officials, who have recently been in sharp dispute with Tokyo about the US military presence on their island, offered that training foreign forces in Okinawa is not prohibited under the treaty, and would be decided depending on a case-by-case basis. The Japanese government is reportedly in the process of confirming the circumstances of the deployment with the British government.

Non-American troops in Japan, unlike US service personnel stationed in the country, are not covered by the Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which facilitates standard immigration procedures and gives the military primary right of jurisdiction in case of a breach of law while on duty.

“It seems UK troops in Japan are operating here without legal status. There could be serious ramifications if they were involved in an accident or incident,” said Manabu Sato, a professor of political science at Okinawa International University.

In June, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the Okinawan prefectural capital of Naha to protest the heavy US military presence in the region. A history of violent crimes by American personnel against Japanese citizens on the island has angered residents for decades, including the murder of a local woman in April by a former marine.

 

 

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