May 15, 2012

Okinawa Deserves Better Than U.S. Indifference

Japan Times, Japan Times

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What is clear is that an overwhelmingly majority of Okinawans oppose the Henoko plan and want the air station removed from the island. The Japanese government must overcome its bureaucratic inertia and earnestly urge the U.S. government to rethink the Henoko plan. Both governments should consider whether maintaining deterrence really requires keeping the Futenma functions in Okinawa and whether it is wise to keep them there given the potential threat posed by Chinese missiles.

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