Stylist, 28 (Japanese)
The marines are basically an attack force, so why are they here? Ground forces may be needed for stability. I grew up near Kadena (base in Okinawa); the forces were necessary in a time of instability, but questions should be asked now.
Student, 22 (Japanese)
I think the American forces are still very necessary for Japan if (war-renouncing) Article 9 of the Constitution is to remain intact. The extreme left do not think of that when they look to get rid of them.
Office worker, 24 (Japanese)
I think that the U.S. presence is still necessary because they are protecting Japan, and if they were to leave, the military balance both here and on the continent would be skewed.
Fashion press (Japanese)
I’m from Okinawa, but I think its 50/50 whether they should remain or not. They help the local economy in a poor region but there are incidents, such as rape, that suggest they should leave.
Student, 23 (Japanese)
It is fine for the American military to remain stationed here in Japan, but serious measures need to be taken to prevent rapes, accidents and other incidents if they are to stay.
“Man of mystery,” 29 (French)
I think that the United States military could — and should — leave Japan. The region is much safer than it used to be and they are not needed anymore.