Tens of thousands of protesters surrounded Japan's parliament on Sunday in the latest rally against the unpopular plan to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base to Okinawa's northern coast, while simultaneous protests took place in the cities of Toyama, Okayama, Sapporo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
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Make no mistake: the Japanese recognize the U.S. as the world's number one trouble maker but they also know the consequences of asking the Americans to leave their island. Japan depends heavily on the U.S. for importing Japanese manufactured goods and any disruption to the American military juggernaut in Japan would result in retaliation by U.S. officials.
Nevertheless the Japanese should make the bold move along with South Korea and bolt from the "alliance" with the U.S. The Philippines did it and have never looked back, though they're still under the economic throes of American imperialism. Simply make U.S. nuclear disarmament a cornerstone request by the Japanese to continue the biased SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) and stationing of troops in Japan and the U.S. will quickly retreat from the islands.
North Korea is a minor threat and only because of the provocative nature of the U.S. military presence on their border with South Korea combined with an American led embargo of this tiny nation since the Korean war. A serious effort by the U.S. to make peace with North Korea would quickly lead to North Korea dismantling their nuclear arsenal while simultaneously accelerating reunification plans with their South Korean neighbors. With a unified Korea and an end to threats from the former U.S.S.R., Japan could end their own 'cold war' and bury the last vestiges of militarism once and for all.
But unless Americans (the 99%) can rid themselves of the undemocratic, corporate State and install a functioning government for the people, Japan will continue to be held hostage by American imperialist (the 1%) aims. Replace the Marine Corps with the Peace Corps by saying "No" to the military industrial complex!
US Fourth Reich has bought a government, it makes no difference what the People want.
What is it about , " we don't want you in our country " that the USA doesn't understand. 700 or 800 bases worldwide, for what ? We know it is for global hegemony only so enough of the bs about protecting 'our' interests and democracy. End the duopoly, kick Hillary to the curb and begin a people's party. Go Bernie !
Abe is such a U.S. puppet you can see the radioactive strings stretching clear across the Pacific.
The obvious solution to this problem is to host America's Asian military bases atop the Pacific garbage patch, which would both reduce rape in Japan and be appropriately poetic in terms of the nature of the U.S. military.