Thousands Protest in Tokyo Against U.S. Military Presence in Japan

From The Daily Mail:

Thousands of protesters from across Japan marched today in Tokyo to protest against U.S. military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said she would fight to get rid of a marine base Washington considers crucial.

Some 47,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan, with more than half on the southern island of Okinawa.

Residents have complained for years about noise, pollution and crime around the bases.

Japan and the U.S. signed a pact in 2006 that called for the realignment of American troops in the country and for a Marine base on the island to be moved to a less populated area.

[Read more at The Daily Mail]

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    6000? That must be a lot. Oh wait, that’s 0.000469% of the population of that city (and a number of them didn’t even come from Tokyo). Completely negligible for the government who will certainly decide that they only profit (as they have for a long time) by having the US Army be their military force for them.

    The only thing significant is that a small city doesn’t want (surprise) a large scale military installation near by. It will probably happen anyhow as it’s the bigger cities that call the shots.

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    6000? That must be a lot. Oh wait, that's 0.000469% of the population of that city (and a number of them didn't even come from Tokyo). Completely negligible for the government who will certainly decide that they only profit (as they have for a long time) by having the US Army be their military force for them.

    The only thing significant is that a small city doesn't want (surprise) a large scale military installation near by. It will probably happen anyhow as it's the bigger cities that call the shots.

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