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Monday, November 30, 2009

Osaka governor suggests US base move from Futenma to Kansai Int. Airport • But why not reduce the 1,000 US overseas bases--starting with this one?

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 wild and 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.

In the meantime, wondering if any other cities--people are suggesting anywhere in the continental US as the best site--will volunteer as alternatives...

(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)

2 comments:

Martin J Frid said...

Maybe some US cities would please care to volunteer...?

TenThousandThings said...

Martin,

I actually think MANY would. The mayors and Chambers of Commerce would love to get their hands on all that Japanese and American taxpayer money.

Congressional representatives FIGHT over getting bases or not losing them in the US.

But the US (and the world) does not need another military base either or any more military schools

Obama's education secretary, Arne Duncan, promoted them in Chicago in the low-income, minority neighborhoods. And the teachers and parents protested this. They're the ones with the children's interests at heart.

Military uniforms, goose-stepping, anti-democratic subordination to authority, weapons, violence--it's so out-of-date, uncivilized, and toxic.

Jean D.