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Prefecture Assembly ponders keeping U.S. military problems in spotlight

Date Posted: 2011-03-31

The Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami in mainland Japan, and a significant positive role for U.S. forces aiding victims and the government is causing a dilemma of sorts for local politicians seeking to keep Okinawa’s military problems in the spotlight.

The Prefecture Assembly’s Special Committee on Base Problems has met to discuss how to get the issue back into the media, passing a resolution this week to bring the base problems into public focus once more. “I recognize the fact concerning harm for the lives of citizens of Okinawa prefecture caused by U.S. military bases,” says Sachio Kuwae of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, “but could we take into consideration that the U.S. Armed Forces are cooperating and helping in the Great Tohoku Earthquake relief operations?”

Masaaki Maeda of the Japan Communist Party disagreed, telling fellow lawmakers “I appreciate the act of the U.S. Marine Corps in the relief effort, but the present conditions of Okinawa has nothing to do with that.” The special meeting wound up with the LDP compromising in order to bring issues of noise, crime and accidents written into the resolution. Lawmakers insisted their concerns about new burdens, including the problem of jet fighters from mainland Japan bases being brought to Kadena Air Base from Atsugi in Kanagawa Prefecture, be addressed.

The atmosphere was at times tense during the meeting, because politicians noted “we know that dealing with the earthquake disaster seems to extend to favorable support for the American military.”

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