The debate took so long out, but basically it was all in vain: It went on for years to, U.S. Marines base in the heart of the Main island of Okinawa to move. 2006 gave it to a first memorandum of understanding between Japan and the U.S.: It moved its base while, But he remains on the island, namely the Cape of 辺 野 古 Henoko. There is already a base (Camp Schwab), But now we must build for the purpose of laying there, a military airport – come into the lagoon.
Then the Democrats were victorious at the end of last year, Hatoyama, and thus began a losing battle. The Democrats promised the islanders, to seek another solution. A (paid by Japan) Relocation to Guam was talking – America angrily refused. Then there was a transfer to the island of Tokushima (between Okinawa and Kyushu) in conversation – responded with vigorous opposition from the entire island population. Hatoyama repeatedly delayed a decision while out, and beatings, he was receiving from all sides.
“Est Alea iacta” it was called then finally at the end of last week: The base is moved, namely – ballyhoo – to Henoko. The whole discussion was a waste (and Hatoyama, that should be noted, however, could actually lose).
The reception for Hatoyama was accordingly “enthusiastic”: An estimated 1’000 Protester (recognizable by the yellow T-shirts) held signs with the sign 怒 (Ikari – Zorn) high. One can only hope, that take the yellow shirt is no example of the Red Shirts.
As so often, but this story has another version of their: It is not so, that the entire population of Okinawa against the bases is – Unemployment is also on Okinawa with the highest points in Japan, but without the bases could undergo the same all over the island told gallop, and also know many islanders.
At the point should still be emphasized once, that the U.S. does not pay for the bases – Japan paid. This is the price for a unilateral security agreement with the U.S..