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Oct 27, 2012

[Shinshu no Izumi] U.S. Servicemen in Okinawa Consider Residents Living in the Vicinity of Base as Slaves?

I also sometimes think that early settlement will be achieved if Okinawa goes independent as the Kingdom of Ryukyu and drives the U.S. forces out of it.

Masatoshi Takeshita

English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Monju Bosatsu (source: Shinshu no Izumi) – October 18, 2012 –

U.S. Servicemen in Okinawa Consider Residents Living in the Vicinity of U.S. Base as Slaves? – Shinshu no Izumi – October 18, 2012 –

The number of crimes committed by U.S. servicemen exceeds 200,000 over the 55 years from 1952 to 2007.

In Okinawa, another woman was sexually assaulted by U.S. servicemen.  A numerous number of incidents where women and children in Okinawa got hurt by U.S. servicemen took place after the war.  Forty years have passed since Okinawa was returned to Japan.  However, U.S. servicemen frequently committed crimes before and after its reversion.

According to Wikipedia, the number of crimes by U.S. servicemen across Japan, which has been reported alone, exceeds 200,000 over the 55 years from 1952 to 2007.

(Quotation from Wikipedia)

According to the data submitted by the Defense Facilities Administration Agency, the number of incidents and accidents by U.S. forces in Japan, including on and off duty, from 1952 through 2007 is 200 thousand and that of Japanese killed due to involvement in the incidents and accidents is 1,076.  According to the Foreign Ministry document released in 2010, the annual number of the latter reached 1,000 as of 1965 before the reversion.  Additionally, the number of U.A. servicemen who faced a court-martial on a charge of incidents and accidents from 1985 to 2004 is one and the number of those who got disciplinary action is 318.  As for this, Seiken Akamine, a Lower House Member of the Japanese Communist Party, told “In spite of many number of incidents and accidents, only one military tribunal was convened (over the 20 years).  Crimes committed by the U.S. forces have gone unchecked.

On 16th in Okinawa, two 23-year-old U.S. servicemen attacked a woman (in her twenties), a worker at a restaurant, on her way home and sexually assaulted her.  On the Nippon Broadcasting System’s radio program, Mr. Masaru Sato, former Foreign Ministry bureaucrat, told on this incident that U.S. servicemen stationed in Okinawa have got the same feeling that U.S. servicemen had when Japan was occupied by U.S. after it lost the war and they might feel whatever they want to do to local residents.  I quite agree with him.    U.S. servicemen assigned to Japan look down on Japanese.  In the first place, Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement is quite absurd.  The military top brass in the base do not seem to seriously educate fresh recruits about gentlemanly behavior in the local area.  U.S. forces have no sense of being under the Japan-US Security Treaty but have stationed in Japan with the sense that they as the occupation forces had at the end of the war.

As for this, this writer Shinshu no Izumi is angry with Japanese living in Honshu (mainland), too.  It is obvious that they impose bothersome problems on Okinawa and are going to get away with being friendly with U.S.  They don’t think empathically about base-related problems occurring in Okinawa as the same Japanese.  Mr. Kotaro Yamasaki, a literary critic, wrote about this situation: people in mainland show a nonchalant attitude toward Okinawa treated as a dump site.  I quite agree with him.  The government forces Okinawa to accept U.S. rascal servicemen and budgets nearly 200 billion yen (allegedly many times more in actuality) of “sympathy budget allocations” annually.  Now in Scotland and Catalonia, Spain, a momentum for independence is developing.  At this rate, Okinawa might also give up on the mainland and go independent.  

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