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Monday, May 31, 2010

Yoshio Shimoji's Letter to New York Times 下地良男のニューヨークタイムズへの投書

(Photo of the ocean of Henoko by Shimoji Yoshio)

New York Times printed Yoshio Shimoji's letter to protest the U.S. and Japanese Governments' decision to go back to the 2006 agreement to build a new base in Henoko. The letter was reported in the May 30 edition of Ryukyu Shimpo, which is pasted below.

The U.S. Air Base on Okinawa

Published: May 28, 2010
To the Editor:

“Japan Relents on U.S. Base on Okinawa, Reneging on a Campaign Promise” (news article, May 24) characterizes Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s announcement that the United States Marine Air Station Futenma would be moved to northern Okinawa — as originally agreed to — as “a victory for the Obama administration and a humiliating setback for Mr. Hatoyama.”

Obviously, in this squabbling, the Hatoyama administration succumbed to the Obama administration’s all-out pressure to stick to a 2006 bilateral agreement. Mr. Hatoyama had raised Okinawans’ expectations during the last election campaign by saying that Futenma’s functions must be moved away from Okinawa.

The Obama administration should remember, however, that its victory is self-defeating as well because it contradicts the principle of democracy that Washington advocates in dealing with “undemocratic” and “unenlightened” nations.

The overwhelming majority of Okinawans are opposed to any plan to keep the base on Okinawa, as Washington is fully aware. How dare Mr. Obama ask Mr. Hatoyama to act without regard to the wishes of his compatriots?

Yoshio Shimoji
Naha, Okinawa, May 24, 2010





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