Man of the ancient path.
- 18 Jul 2010
There are many opinions about US military in Japan.
1. People, living near to the base, are generally "We don't like", but there are also many hidden voice due to economic reasons, even in Okinawa.
2. People, living far away from the base, are generally not interested in the issue.
3. People, considering national security things, mostly think "it's necessary".
4. Some politicians, living in Objection for Objection, tend to use something military to attain their political aims.
5. Media is naturally Objetion for Objection, and thus tend to focus on negative sides.
So it is diverse here in Japan.
These issues also concern the citizens in the U.S. too, but not directly. Plenty of people would like to return to a noninterventionist foreign policy and would like to see military bases closed that're no longer needed. Strategically, Japan is very important to the U.S., because it allows for force projection into East Asia. So, I doubt the bases in Japan'll be closed anytime soon, regardless of what people, in Japan or in the U.S., want.