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U.S. – Japan SOFA Revision: Facts and Fallacies

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  ARTICLE XVI It is the duty of members of the United States armed forces, the civilian component, and their dependents to respect the law of Japan and to abstain from any activity inconsistent with the spirit of this Agreement, and, in particular, from any political activity in Japan. THE U.S. – JAPAN STATUS OF…

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Lost in Translation: U.S. Forces and Crime in Japan

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A recent spate of crimes committed by United States Forces in Japan (USFJ) personnel has been widely reported in both Okinawan and Mainland Japan media. Though not completely overshadowing U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima, the crimes have put an unwanted and less than flattering focus on the American military presence in Japan.…

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Anti-U.S. Base Governor Elected in Okinawa

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In a move that will definitely delay, if not prevent, the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the voters in Okinawa have delivered Prime Minister Abe a renewed message. According to the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga, “Okinawans have suffered enough in their relationship with the U.S. Government.” I’m curious to see…

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The Yoshida Testimony on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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“The Asahi Shimbun has recently obtained a copy of the transcripts of testimony given before a government investigation panel by Masao Yoshida, who served as general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant when it succumbed to a Level 7 disaster, the highest on the International Nuclear Events Scale, following the Great East…

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