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  • Tired of being here

    I've been station in Japan almost two years I go to korea next and then i got the sad news i'd be stationed here again. Between the curfew from leadership and feeling a growning tension of not being wanted, I feel we need to leave Japan and Korea to themselves. Fall back to Gaum and the new Filipino bases coming (5 of them I believe). I've had great memories from being here but I honestly don't think i could do another tour in Japan. My morale when i came here was sky high now its in the sewers between leadership and washington not having the balls to call japan and its bullshit and not thinking of the troops that do the main brunt of the work morale is seeking faster than the titanic. I might miss the bigger picture but i see the smaller picture it has on the US troops that most of which do the right thing are good ambassadors its a few bad incidents that punish a mass group. I say to hell with asia let china, north korea and russian have what they want with it. Maybe then they'll all look back and say if only america had stayed here.

  • Too Old Of a Rule

    To old a policy for modern time
    WWII security agreement and Cold War security agreement are no longer needed in Japan.
    Japan needs has the third largest economy in the world fully capable of defending itself.
    Right now the US can send troops to Japan routinely without being questioned.
    Japanese citizens have no say
    This has also endangered our relationships with other asian countries e.g. China due to our ground troops in Japan we are fully committed to the defense of Japan. In current times there are territorial disputes over places like the Spratly Islands, due to our support of Japan we are eroding our relationship with other countries with those land claims.

  • We can decide our own destiny

    US does not have to protect Japan. If US leaves, we can decide by our own either Japan should own nuclear weapons and amend constitution to expand military offensive capacity or Japan will protect ourselves by self defence army and abolish nuclear power weapons and forge ties of China. US put pressures us to maintain nuclear power plants and US want to stay in Okinawa because of its geopolitical important location for the US rather than for Japan.

  • Japan isn't weak

    The US is acting like Japan can't defend itself and yes I believe that we should be allies because that benefits both our countries. Okinawa may not have a "military" that doesn't mean they don't have protection. Yes they do have a protective service or army like thing that is devoted to protecting Okinawa. So the base helps the world but, there has to be an island close to were we can still defend our self against North Korea. So it helps the world but what about the people who live here and it affects they're daily lives. We should move the base.Thank you

  • It's Japan's land, not ours

    We don't decide what to do with it, they do. Plus, the Okinawans living there have been rebelling for several decades and we can't ignore it. It's disrupting their daily lives. If anything we should move it to somewhere like Guam that is actually American land. (It's still in the same area so the only difference it would make is not disturbing Japan)

  • Give Japan it's personal space, honestly.

    Japan is a prosperous country. They are able to strive just fine. Sure, we must remain an ally of the country but by stationing military bases in Okinawa and parts of the mainland, we are not giving Japan it's space. And as if the island-country isn't small enough, we are taking too much space from them with the military bases. The other side may argue that "we need to protect Japan". And I agree, we should protect them. But we don't need to be "there" to protect them. We live in a world of technology. If Japan were to be attacked, say by China (though I highly doubt it), we'd be able to get there to assist in time. Plus, South Korea is right there as well, they can assist Japan as well, not that Japan will need it. Japan isn't a weak country, they can defend their self from an invader. Though they have no real offensive military, they have a darn good defence force.

  • WWII is over.

    U.S.'s bases in Japan are not for protecting the Japanese from Chinese or North Koreans. The bases are a distant memory from 50 years ago when the world was a very different place. These days the bases are of strategic value because of the close proximity to China and North Korea. The bases employ less and less local Japanese. The bases should go and the money should be spent somewhere it is needed more. But because of the strategic value of the global location, I think our government will not let go of the leases.

  • Time To Go

    I feel the U.S. servicemen have carried the burden of protecting Japan if she is attacked for to long. Time for Japan to face reality and no longer look the other way. The U.S. military needs to 100% completely leave Japan. Time to deal with the world or become reclusive.

  • Totally unnecessary in every conceivable way.

    To clarify, I do not support a unilateral departure from Japan. However, I think it is time to start scaling back our forces. There just is no good reason for the US to remain in Japan into the future.

    We have bases in South Korea, and other parts of the pacific. We are also allies of the Japanese and South Korean governments and maintain good terms with both. Leaving the islands will not change that.

    China and Japan do not want a war as it would destroy both of their (and the rest of the world's) economies. It can even be argued that American presence in Japan exarcerbates tensions between the Chinese and Japanese.

    US bases in Japan are harmful for a number of reasons. Our soldiers commit crimes on the local populace, they are noisy and they paint Japan as a huge target for the enemies of the US.

    The Japanese military is one of the top military's in the world and doesn't need assistance on the level the US military is currently providing. Also, if the US leaves, there is no reason why the JSDF and US Military cannot maintain close ties.

    The local economies of the places will not be affected, and might even be improved. With the removal of US forces, the JSDF can fill the gap and help to maintain local economies. However, the land unused by military installations could be developed. Furthermore, Japan pays for nearly 70% of the cost of our military personnel. That money could go to other things, as well as towards increasing their own defense spending.

    If a war breaks out and Japan is attacked, then there is no reason why the US could not station troops there. We have forces in Guam, South Korea, Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific. If Japan is attacked the US can respond very quickly even without the bases. Let's not forget that the Japanese military can hold its own, as well, so there would not be any great hurry for the US to intervene.

  • Japan doesn't need our military.

    While I don't support the full removal of ALL bases at this time, it is important that a fair number of US bases and personnel be removed.

    For one thing, there is no reason to have almost 50,000 personnel on the islands. Who are they defending the Japanese from? China? The Chinese and Japanese do not want war as it would ruin their economies. North Korea? We already have bases in Korea, where they are more needed. Also, let us not forget that the Japanese military is one of the best in the world, and does not require protection.

    This isn't the Cold War any longer, and we don't need US servicemen raping, assaulting or causing harm to the local populace. Okinawa certainly doesn't need the bases. The local economies set up around them can easily satisfy JSDF soldiers, and the increased land development from the bases not used by the JSDF could even stimulate the economy of Okinawa.

    It just isn't necessary. We are allies. We have defense treaties, and the US has a presence in Asia even without bases in Japan.

    I think a unilateral removal of all US bases and personnel is not immediately wise, but we should begin scaling back now.

  • They are very strategic.

    By having military bases in Japan, the US can help protect Japan (even if Japan doesn't need it) and at the same time benefit from the strategic location of the bases which allows the US to keep an eye of enemies such as North Korea. And let's face it, Japan isn't getting nuclear weapons in a long time. They just don't want them. So I'm sure they'd like all the help they can get.

  • Keep global dominance.

    They just need to straighten up their soldier and hand out harsher punishments for these the soldier's crimes. This base if crucial for the U.S. presence in Asia and I highly believe they should preserve it. Just work with the locals for the locals. Also make the troops do community service and projects that help the Okinawa community.

  • Japan Needs Friends

    We need to go over to Japan and make friends. They are apart of the american dream they made Nintendo and sushi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say hi to Japan and give japan some love. Thanks Yall

    P.S Please read with a very special Japanese accent , Love Anntonia Chung Yall Love You #Japenese

  • Japan Needs Friends

    We need to go over to Japan and make friends. They are apart of the american dream they made Nintendo and sushi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say hi to Japan and give japan some love. Thanks Yall

    P.S Please read with a very special Japanese accent , Love Anntonia Chung Yall Love You #Japenese

  • Japan is ally.

    America must protect it's allies from possible threats. *cough* China *cough* Japan should be thankful for our protection. They are already in debt to America for World War 2. Japan also give great culture and food to America. Nintendo, SUSHI!! This is my opinion and my political view on America.

  • Japan is ally.

    America must protect it's allies from possible threats. *cough* China *cough* Japan should be thankful for our protection. They are already in debt to America for World War 2. Japan also give great culture and food to America. Nintendo, SUSHI!! This is my opinion and my political view on America.

  • Trust and stragegy are dual needs here.

    Note that Japan has some very nationalistic sentiments that have made its way into their Parliament recently. They want to turn Japan's military from its self defense role into another Imperial army. The US bases there are a remnant of our post WWII occupation of the nation, and probably the only thing keeping their ambitions in check. After all these years, I don't think we can trust Japan yet.

  • Heck No! We have to stay!

    Japan is one of America's closest allies globally. Toyota, Honda, Mazda are huge in the US. Japan is the third largest economy globally. Asia is only a stable region because of US military presence. If there was a chance that Japan could be nuked by North Korea, no one would invest there. So good bye Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Panasonic, etc. Also, the Japanese people want us there. Look at the Philippines. They asked us to leave, and 2 years after doing so, China took one of their islands. The bases are good for the security for Japan, a bit of insurance for the economy of Japan, and it helps strengthen the very close US-Japan alliance.

  • We Need InteligencE

    They want us there. We have no reason to leave. We could use the eyes and ears all around the world. We agreed that we would alsays stay there. I believe that we are doing some good there adn that is very important to stay in Japan. So yeah that is why I believe swe should stay in Japan

  • Fear Japan?

    I don't think we keep bases there because we fear Japan. As the other NO voter stated, we are there because we are friendly with Japan and want to assist them if they are ever attacked by a country who may find it to be a potential resource, for example an overpowered China bent on imperialist methods.


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