|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:18:46 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL, ENCROACHMET: Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan|
Standoff Over US Base Closure Sours US-Japan Ties By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Times December 29, 2009GINOWAN, Japan (AP) -- When the U.S. took over a Japanese airfield here in the closing days of World War II, it was surrounded by sugarcane fields and the smoldering battlegrounds of Okinawa. It is now the focus of a deepening dispute that is testing Japan's security alliance with the United States and dividing its new government in Tokyo.
A large city has grown up around the base, and helicopters and cargo planes from the U.S. Marine Corps facility buzz so low over Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, whose playground fence borders the facility, that the windows rattle and teachers stop class until the aircraft are on the ground.
"It's just too much," said the school's vice principal, Muneo Nakamura. "I understand the political role the U.S. bases in Japan play. But we have to live here."
That Marine Corps Air Station Futenma must go is not the dispute. U.S. military officials agree the base must be moved. The problem is where.
... For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/12/29/world/AP-AS-Japan-Moving-the-Marines.html?_r=1 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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