Even in the long post-war “peace,” Okinawans bore the wounds and scars of a massive U.S. military presence. Now, facing rising U.S.-North Korea tensions and the effects of the U.S.’ China-encirclement agenda, Okinawans are resisting a new wave of occupation and militarization.
Since 1972 American troops have committed almost 6,000 crimes while stationed in Japan, 571 of which may be categorized as grave offenses.
Recent scandals involving US military personnel have been widely covered by the international media. Instead of being the “bulwark of American democracy” and the “defenders of peace and security” American bases and their occupants are rapidly becoming a symbol of lawlessness and crime, as evident by the vocal criticism that has been voiced by