Mar 4, 2019
The residents of the island of Okinawa in Japan voted February 24 against building a new U.S. military base there. People have held demonstrations in recent years to show their opposition to any new bases. But the Japanese government still wants to keep pleasing its American ally.
The island’s inhabitants suffered terrible battles during World War II and then the humiliation of American occupation and administration from 1945 to 1972. Since then, U.S. imperialism has kept its bases and more than 20,000 soldiers on this island, near Taiwan and the coast of China. In 1995 the rape of a young woman by three U.S. marines enraged the population.
The islanders have good reason to refuse to support the bases and all the trouble they mean, such as very loud noise, pollution, and crime. Okinawans don’t want the bases relocated. They want them gone.