26-29 July 2015
There are multiple US military bases on Okinawa and the people (from the
grassroots all the way up to town mayors and the governor of the island) are
in a state of revolt demanding the bases be closed. At Kadena Air Force Base
the US has deployed 'missile defense' systems aimed at China.
It was reported today (Agust 3, 2015) that the Japanese have declared a
one month delay on US base construction at Henoko. Several commentators
have remarked that Japan's right-wing Prime Minister Abe "is cornered" as his
poll ratings have dropped due to his pushing the unpopular move to get rid of
the nation's peaceful Article 9 in their constitution that forbids offensive
war preparations. Washington has long been pushing Tokyo to dump Article 9
but in the past month major protests have been held across Japan opposing
Abe's attempt to follow US orders to get rid of the restrictions on allowing
the military to join with the US in boxing in China.