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Critic of U.S. military in Japan directs a documentary about U.S. Marines

(Kyodo Photo). As discussions continue regarding the fate of U.S. bases in Okinawa dominate the headlines in Japan, some may wonder whether or not the presence of the US in Japan hinders or helps the people of this Island nation. Some may debate if Japan’s Prime Minister Hatoyama is handling the situation properly, while other… Keep Reading

Changes to US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement?

I have mixed feelings and a few questions about this proposed change to the SOFA: Will court-appointed interpreters be provided? How long can personnel under SOFA be held? Will Japan be allowed to rearrest personnel under SOFA soon after “release?” Will those under 20 be considered juveniles? Civilian employees and dependents also face disciplinary action,… Keep Reading

Japan Times Blogroll: Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo by RICARDO BILTON:  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each culture that he now shares with the readers of… Keep Reading

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DPJ's Ozawa: U.S. Navy in Japan is enough

I have previously written about Ozawa’s lack of knowledge when it comes to strategic military matters. Without going into too much detail, it seems that Ozawa also forgot about the constitutional limitations placed on Japan to “defend” itself. His time spent as a politician apparently has not helped him understand the “basic” requirements needed to… Keep Reading

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MCAS Iwakuni to serve civilian flights FY 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture will resume serving civilian flights around fiscal 2012 as part of a Japanese-U.S. deal on the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said Monday. “We’ve received requests from Yamaguchi Prefecture and Iwakuni city for the early resumption of civil aviation,”… Keep Reading

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1995 Rape in Okinawa Reborn via The First Breath of Tengan Rei

BT’ers are probably familiar with my views/comments on the 1995 rape of the 12-year old Okinawan girl. I will not comment on the film since I have not watched it. “Never let them forget.” That’s the tagline for “The First Breath of Tengan Rei,” a new independent film that focuses on an Okinawa woman who… Keep Reading

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