Thw Washington Post is reporting that the Hatoyama Cabinet has realized that the United States has to keep a presence in Okinawa in order to show a commitment of force to help protect Japan.
It’s a shame that this nonsense debate was allowed to take up so much time between September 2009 and May 2010, when Japan faced so many other, critical domestic issues.
It also really showed that some of the Japanese simply want to use America and Americans, and do not respect us as people.
So far, there’s been no apology out of Prime Minister Hatoyama to America and Americans, only to the people in Okinawa. Strange.
It makes us look like the bad guys, when the Asian powers really just want to hit Japan.
[Update: make sure you read the Post article at least until you get to the following part.
Then on May 15, China’s foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, erupted at his Japanese counterpart Katsuya Okada after Okada suggested that China cut its nuclear arsenal. Yang almost walked out of the talks during a meeting in the South Korean city of Gyeongju, according to diplomatic sources, and screamed at Okada that his relatives had been killed by Japanese forces in northeastern China during Japan’s occupation of China from the 1930s through World War II.
U.S. officials said the events had a hand in convincing Hatoyama and his cabinet that now was not the time and Futenma was not the issue to use to re-examine the foundation of Tokyo’s alliance with the United States.
The Prime Minister apologized in Okinawa Sunday, but he has yet to apologize to Americans for the unnecessary demonization of us for our simply helping Japan with its problems.]