For a long time, residents of Japan have resented our military presence there....
From DailyMail -- Thousands of protesters from across Japan marched today in Tokyo to protest against U.S. military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said she would fight to get rid of a marine base Washington considers crucial.
Some 47,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan, with more than half on the southern island of Okinawa.
Residents have complained for years about noise, pollution and crime around the bases.
Japan and the U.S. signed a pact in 2006 that called for the realignment of American troops in the country and for a Marine base on the island to be moved to a less populated area.
Presumably we maintain a large contingent of marines in Okinawa to have a quick-response force if the Norks decide to misbehave but, at what cost if we are unwanted on their land? If the Japanese don't want almost 50 thousand rowdy marines getting drunk, fighting, and chasing their women, I can't say I blame them. I mean who threatens Japan? Only the North Koreans. I realize they have the third largest standing army in the world but they are starving and I doubt their resolve to fight for their pot-bellied gargoyle of a dear leader is very great. Besides, it's not like Japan doesn't have a military, they just don't have nukes.
I'm just not sure what we gain by maintaining large military bases full of US servicemen all over the world. To have expensive outposts in some of these places seems pointless. Unless we have assets in the region or turmoil will adversely affect our economy, let these people sort out their own problems.