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Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent by Donald Kirk (auth.)

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If the new base opens, Kyoda is confident “the military personnel will be more educated”—but there are no guarantees. “The younger noneducated marines are so violent,” he says. ”9 Noise may be a decisive factor—noise from new Osprey helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft taking off and landing and noise from carousing marines in nights on the town. “I am for the base under conditions,” he says. “If there’s noise pollution, they have to move somewhere else. The new Osprey is noisy and dangerous. ” He’s not at all sympathetic, however, with the protesters on the beach below.

Far removed though it is from mainland Japan, Gabe observes, Okinawa still ranks ninth on a per capita basis with 250 billion yen in funding from the powers-that-be in Tokyo. And then there’s much more for extending the monorail that runs from the airport—Okinawa’s only railroad since destruction in the war of a line that bound Naha with other cities and towns in the south. S. forces on Okinawa while providing land free of charge for both the bases and still more beyond the perimeter of the bases to combat noise pollution and other problems, all adding up to about $800 million a year.

234902  Kyodo News International, August 29, 2013.  Interview, May 2012.  Interview, Michiko Olsen, interpreter, May 2012.  Ibid.  Jeju Civilian-Military Complex Port, ministry of national defense, September 6, 2012, p. 25. 1057/9781137379092 2 Visions of War Kirk, Donald. Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 1057/9781137379092. 1057/9781137379092 Visions of War  In the decaying rows of run-down shops of Okinawa City outside Gate Two of Kadena Air Base, the biggest haven for American warplanes outside the United States, 66-year-old Chojin Takoshi at Tommy’s Watch Store has been selling watches to American GIs, and anyone else who happens by, for 50 years.

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