Meanwhile, Out in the Pacific…

Japan and Okinawa can’t figure out what they want to do with the Marine Corps bases on Oki. The article lacks some of the backstory, probably because it’s tedious and has been covered elsewhere (I guess the writers figured the audience would understand the context), but it boils down to this:

  • Okinawans have never really wanted us there
  • Okinawa’s burgeoning population needs more space
  • US bases there (mostly Marine Corps) are in the way
  • We decided to move the Marine Corps Air Station offshore to an artificial island to be built, thereby freeing up land
  • We also decided to pull a large part of the overall footprint to Guam and Hawaii
  • The Japanese government isn’t as hot as the Okinawan government is on us leaving partially or altogether

(The importance of the bases in Oki is, of course, the island’s proximity to Korea and points south.)

Speaking of which, the Navy has dispatched a “small armada” to disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Never a dull moment.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Meanwhile, Out in the Pacific…

  1. Mike Burke '73 says:

    Here’s a map of US installations on Okinawa (I have never been assigned there, just transited through on my trips between VMI and the Philippines, where my family lived my first two years as a cadet):http://www.usagj.jp.pac.army.mil/organization/usago/about/map.aspx

    The amount of land controlled by the US is quite extraordinary–no wonder there is tension. Not all that long ago, of course, before Okinawa was returned to Japan, the governor of the island was the senior US Army officer stationed there. I bet many on both sides of this issue remember that, and it must color their thinking.

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