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“Normalize relations with Japan”

December 14th, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

The following is a link to an interesting article written by Doug Bandow. Though I agree with many of the points Mr. Bandow makes, I think it would be sending the wrong message to not only China and South Korea but also to North Korea to pull US troops out of Japan. Pulling US troops out of South Korea might make sense, but pulling them out of Japan would not. Of course, if the Japanese wanted them out, then pull them out, but if not, then they should stay.

“Normalize relations with Japan”

6 Responses to ““Normalize relations with Japan””

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    I don’t think Japan wants the US troop out. Japan has to reconstruct its navy totally ; as it is, Japanese navy is said to be just a part of the United States 7th Fleet.
    But if it pulls out of Japan completely , I think it is the time for Japan to go nuclear. That is what Brzezinski predicts and I think he is right. For one thing, nuclear is much cheaper than normal military weapon and Japan is economically declining anyway. For another the US troop pulling out is likely to justify Japan going nuclear.

    It is said that US troop is pulling out of East Asia. The possible scenarios are,
    1) it will pull out of South Korea and Japan.
    2) it will pull out of South Korea
    3) It won’t pull out.

    My guess is that 2) is most likely, but my wish is 3)
    Some Japanese , like this author, argue that 1) is most likely. But that is the time the US lose hegemony in East Asia, I am not sure if the US want it.

  2. comment number 2 by: Toshiharu Honda

    It is a lot economical for the U.S. to station their troops in Japan rather
    than in the U.S. since more than half of their expenses are being paid
    by Japan. This is also true of South Korea to lesser extent. With withdrawal from South Korea , the U.S. will have more military options
    against North Korea. I am all for the U.S. withdrawal from South Korea
    now that the six-party talks seem to go nowhere. However, I doubt
    the U.S. will tolerate hundreds of thousand of casualties by going
    war with China to protect Taiwan or Japan.

  3. comment number 3 by: Two Cents

    I wonder how the US views China? A future partner whom the US can entrust Asia to or a future threat? If it’s latter, it will be in the US (and Japan’s) interests to stay in Japan. When Bush announced the strategy to reform US troops to be able to cope with terrorist-lead battles in the “arc of instability,” I got the impression that the “arc” was an excuse to contain China.

  4. comment number 4 by: sqz

    Even as it begins to do more, Japan hopes to hold onto its American defense subsidy.

    I know that Japan pays subsidy to US forces, but I did not know that USA pays subsidy to Japan.
    How much?

    Today, South Korea and Japan, in particular, could defend themselves.

    He is overdoing judging Japanese ability to be high.
    There are Russia, China, North-Korea, and South-Korea,
    Only Japan without USA can not defend from these countries.
    If there is the country where it is possible besides USA, please teach me.

  5. comment number 5 by: shadkt

    The scariest thing is that U.S. can change her tune anytime (I mean, the Democrats have been pro-China, anti-Japan in the past), and depending on that timing, Japan will be in hell of a shit hole.

    As the speaker in the article you posted hints at, there is a good chance that the U.S. wouldn’t risk or feel justified in going to war with China, in the event Japan is attacked.
    I’m not saying Japan should go nuclear, but I think they should consider their defense capabilities without putting too much trust in U.S. justice.

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    I’m not saying Japan should go nuclear, but I think they should consider their defense capabilities without putting too much trust in U.S. justice.

    I agree.

    My opinion is that the US presence in Japan functions as deterrence, whether the US really goes to war or not. as the nuclear Japan function as such whether nuclear weapon will actually be used or not.. So when the US troop pull out of Japan. I think Japan needs to go nuclear.