Eric Johnston reports that "Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto said Monday he is open to having the U.S. Futenma base relocate to Kansai International Airport" in The Japan Times.
We're sure many Okinawans, especially in Henoko, welcome this generous offer.
But with so many US military bases already in Japan and Okinawa--more than a few people are asking why this move is even necessary?
Many security experts and Americans think the 1,000 US overseas military bases (the largest collection of military bases in world history) are redundant; and that no further expansion is necessary. They suggest that the US strategically start closing some of them.
Futenma would be a good start.
(Security Without Empire: National Organizing Conference on Foreign Military Bases, American University, Washington, D.C., Feb. 27–Mar. 2, 2009, Photo: American Friends Service Committee)