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Okinawa Survives Because of Bases

Date Posted: 2001-02-16

In reply to the "Why feel gratitude for unwanted US military" letter in the February 1st issue. I am an American living in Okinawa and have followed and done a lot of research in the subject. Most military and Okinawan persons seem to have a narrow distorted view on the whole issue at stake. It is very easy and ignorant to say we are Okinawans and we want the US Forces to leave". Let's think about this for a second. If Okinawa had a good justification and the Japanese government thought that Okinawa could survive without the military there then perhaps it would. However, the fact is whether you like it or not is Okinawa is surviving because of the base presence. This is due to jobs and monies paid to families with land being occupied on base. This is a fact so you should think about it. If you are so eager to change Japan policies then you should get a job and start helping the economy. Okinawa has the highest unemployment rate in Japan. Can't blame anyone except yourself for that. I know as well as most people that the Okinawa prefecture government is desperately trying to find new ideas to start business. Do you have one? I don't think so because you are so tied up with blaming your lack of luck on foreigners that have jobs and are helping their country, you never thought about doing it yourself did you!?

One should start looking in the mirror and solving issues instead of making them. There are many problems that never get fixed due to no planning and laziness. So instead of writing back, make some plans for your island instead of just making you and everyone else miserable.

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