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Regarding Naoshi Koriyama’s Nov. 1 letter, “Respect the wishes of Okinawans“: I can understand the situation that people in Okinawa face. They have been suffering from U.S. military aircraft noise night and day and, at times, from crimes committed by soldiers stationed there. They have appealed to the U.S. and Japanese governments to reduce the military presence, but the U.S. government does not seem to have much interest in listening to what people in Okinawa have to say.

There are a number of reasons why the United States wants so many military facilities in the Far East, including the fact that China these days is building up its military forces more than ever. The U.S. wants to show its potential military power in Asia. Another reason is that the military-industrial complex has played an important role in maintaining the smooth functioning of the U.S. economy since the end of World War II.

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