For anyone who else whose head has been spinning with the ever-increasing mountain of hot topics regarding President Obama’s Japan visit tomorrow, MutantFrog has a great back story to one of the longest-standing issues: the US military presence. This piece regards the Futenma Marine Airbase and it’s particular soreness with the residents and local government of Okinawa. To pull a section from MF’s post as an example of the degree of confusion in this game of push-me-pull-you:
…all twelve mayors of northern Okinawa have publicly accepted the new relocation plan. The DPJ’s waffling has been so unsettling to the locals that the mayor of Kadena is teaming up with the US forces to oppose relocating the relocation to Kadena, promoted by some members of the Hatoyama cabinet as the best alternative, and where one US facility complex already exists.
Exactly. Go check out the full post to get a better handle on the situation.
And if you’re sitting comfortably with a nice warm beverage and a cheerful ray of light coming in through the nearest window, this cri de coeur from the Shisaku blog is an intense initiation into aforementioned mountain of issues for those (like me) who haven’t quite comprehended the enormity.
I won’t be surprised at this point if Hatoyama and Obama just flee to Roppongi for some cosplay and throw Pocky at members of the press.