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the conventional wisdom seems to be that while the Japanese don't like the fact that the American military occupies prime real estate all over their country, causes noise pollution, threatens if not already harms environmentally sensitive areas, intermittently rapes underage local girls, and gets a huge chunk of it paid for by Japanese taxpayers, its presence is the lesser of two evils, by far, where the other evil is being forced to take on responsibility for its own self-defense where all of its neighbors are still wary of any increase in Japanese military build-up.

And the only way to change this situation would be to amend Article 9 of Japan's constitution.

If you can't pay the bills, it's not sustainable.

by marco on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 12:48:45 AM EST
That presupposes that the marine base on Okinawa has anything to do with Japan's defense.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 08:16:34 AM EST
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Not necessarily. Things like that are mostly about perceptions and symbolism. What the bases are actually there for is only relevant in case of war.
by generic on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 09:18:45 AM EST
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In fact, Japanese right-wing (or mainstream) individuals reached that conclusion a long time ago. You may wonder what the hell that is for, because they are the ones who love the US military presence in Okinawa.

It represents a yearning to restore nationalistic pride, not against Americans, but against Chinese and Koreans. For that purpose, they happily embrace the US military in a place they don't live and don't care.

Their idea is bankrupt anyway. We are more dependent on China than on US, in terms of trade, and the size of their economy surpasses ours this year (and growing).

My solution: join EU.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 10:48:21 AM EST
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That would make Japan the largest country in the EU, not even counting the robots. I support it out of sheer coolness factor.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 11:46:25 AM EST
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But I suggest they wait until we are done with our austerity induced depression.
by generic on Sat Jun 5th, 2010 at 12:14:54 PM EST
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