• Tajimi, Gifu


Regarding the Dec. 7 article “Okada’s inconclusive visit irks Okinawans“: I am not American and don’t much like America, but the Okinawan people are paying the price for an evil war that their country started and they defended. I don’t care how they feel and hope the American military bases stay in Okinawa for as long as America sees fit.

Isn’t Okinawa lucky to be Japanese soil? The Americans didn’t have to give the islands back, but did so in good faith. Discontent by a few Okinawans is a sign of the disrespect and lack of appreciation for how America and its allies helped rebuild the islands and their economy. This shouldn’t even be a political issue in Japan; those who do politicize it don’t seem to realize how arrogant they appear to the rest of the world.

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