• Naha, Okinawa


In her Sept. 4 article, “Futenma shift puts Hatoyama, U.S. ties to test,” AP writer Mari Yamaguchi characterizes the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan as “staunchly pro-Washington.” I would rather use the words “ridiculously subservient.”

Who expected a DPJ victory of the magnitude achieved in the Aug. 30 elections? In Okinawa, the four candidates who oppose the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station’s relocation within the prefecture won their parliamentary seats right across the board. Washington should bear this fact in mind.

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