How the voice of anti-basement has been amplified
When the Liberal Democratic Party was governing, the basement was going to be moved to another area in Okinawa (less populated area). Of course there already was agreement on this decision between Japanese government and Okinawa people. What happened was that the current party, the Democratic Party became in charge of the government after national election. The Democratic Party had promissed to move the basement outside Okinawa prefecture, but the Democratic Party hadn't know, or ignored the strategic importance of basement for national safety. Hatoyama, who had been determined to remove the basement from Okinawa, finally admitted the necessity of US basement in Okinawa, saying "I have to admit that I lacked consideration on this issue." Would a person without enough knowledge become a prime minister????
The current administration agreed on a plan that is very much similar to what had been planed by Liberal Democratic Party.
No wonder Okinawa people strongly protest against the current administration.
With regard to the basement, Okinawa people do protest against the basement. However, problematically, they do not offer alternatives such as reinforcement of Self-defense force in Okinawa. Without any underlying plan, they just sound silly and hysteric. Removing the basement without significant reinforcement of Self-defense army will collapse the safety of Okinawa. I DO support freedom of speech, but listen, you need to be responsible for what you speak at the same time.
I think Mr. King wanted to include responsibility in his speech, but that would have made it less sensational, thus week as propaganda. "Let freedom reign, but don't forget the responsibility sitting beneath"
Do US soldiers have higher crime rate?
Crimes comitted by US soldiers have been frequently covered by the media.
So many people including Okinawa people believe that US sodiers have high crime rate. Anti-basement activists give people impression by mentioning sensational examples of crimes commited by US soldiers―instead of giving concrete numbers.
The following is the truth.
I think the person picked up the Chinese, Koreans and Brazillians simply because they occupy most of the foreigners' population.
Percentage of crime out of 1000 people
National crime rate (includes foreigners) 0.30% ← this means 3 people out of 1000
Okinawa people (except US sldiers) 0.30%
US soldiers in Okinawa 0.14%
The Chinese (both short, and long term stay) 1.57%
North and South Koreans (the same) 1.94%
Brazillians (the same) 0.52%
US army possesses significantly lower crime rate compared to the rest, even lower than Okinawa people.
Probably because the basement is the safest even compared with basements inside the US.
Summary? I'm not sure if it's summarizing.
1. Current administration deserve to be criticized because the promiss to remove the basement has been turned over.
2. Okinawa people shouldn't protest against the basement unless they have a practical alternative that guarantees the security of Okinawa.
3. US soldiers boast significantly lower crime rate which is even lower than the Japanese on average.