• Tokyo


I was disappointed with how the Obama administration failed to deal with the relocation of U.S. Marine Corp Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture. That failure led to the resignation of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

The U.S. government seems to have little idea of what public opinion in Japan really means. Most Japanese citizens are either scared of or resigned to U.S. decisions; they neither understand the decisions nor feel friendly toward them. Recently the fear and sense of nihilism have been strengthened all the more. Is that how the United States wants to encourage democracy?

Obama’s conspicuously icy treatment toward Hatoyama appeared to give backing to the political opposition, bureaucrats and those who have directly benefited from both for a long time. The quagmire that Japan finds itself in today is largely due to shortsightedness, irresponsibility and the incurable want of consideration for the outer circles.

Does America hope for a catastrophe to befall its ally Japan or East Asia? The Obama administration doesn’t seem to pay even tolerable attention to the risk of provoking such suspicions not only among the Japanese but also among people around the world.


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