• Naha, Okinawa


In his Aug. 3 article, “Angst over opposition rule,” Robert Dujarric presents four choices for Japan with regard to its defense security: (1) pursuing unarmed pacifism, (2) switching sides from being a U.S. ally to a Chinese junior partner, (3) tripling or quadrupling its defense budget by ridding itself of reliance on U.S. forces, and (4) maintaining or strengthening the current Japan-U.S. alliance.

Dujarric claims the fourth option is best for Japan because Tokyo can somehow sway Washington as an ally, because the United States will protect Japan as “the world’s strongest power,” and because the presence of U.S. service members can be minimized, except on Okinawa.

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