US Military’s Quake Aid “Very Inappropriate”

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The US military is being accused of cynically using Operation Tomodachi as justification for keeping its bases in Okinawa.

Okinawa had been promised agreements which would reduce the huge concentration of US bases there, but the combined incompetence of the DPJ government and the intransigence of the US military foiled these plans, stoking considerable anti-base sentiment.

An article in Okinawan rag Ryukyu Shimpo now presents a lengthy critique of the US military’s involvement in ongoing relief efforts in northern Japan, accusing them of using their humanitarian operations to generate positive PR for their presence in Japan, and more specifically their maintenance of the especially controversial Futenma air base in Okinawa:

Okinawa’s US Marine Corps said ‘the considerable importance of the 3rd Expeditionary Force’s Futenma base to relief efforts has been demonstrated,’ and ‘it is extremely important that there is a base like Futenma close to the mainland,’ explaining the importance of Futenma to humanitarian operations.

However, it is hardly logical to maintain that having a marine base in Okinawa is more helpful to relief operations on the mainland than having bases on the mainland itself.

They are plainly using aid activities to promote their plans to keep the bases in the prefecture [of Okinawa].

Professor Manabu Sato of the Okinawa International University criticises them for this, saying ‘even if they have a political motive, it is good that they are providing aid,’ but stressing the advantages of having a base situated in Okinawa ‘is highly inappropriate.’

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The American armed forces have called their aid operation ‘Tomodati’ (‘friend’). They are running a large-scale public relations campaign based on their aid.

It is the polar opposite of the meagre amounts of information they have released in response to the various incidents and accidents caused by their soldiers.

This is too much even for 2ch:

“This is crazy!”

“What is inappropriate is the timing of this article…”

“Your article is just as politically motivated! For shame!”

“Go tell the refugees they are helping that stuff about it being inappropriate!”

“We might as well have the bases on the mainland. In return they can house 10 reactors.”

“What a disgraceful paper to be publishing something like this.”

“Having the US army do that is vastly more reassuring than PLA medical relief teams…”

“If you keep whining we’ll hand the lot of you over to China!”

“This is all just what China wants.”

“If the people of Okinawa don’t do something about this paper they really are in danger of being lumped in with them.”

“Okinawa is disgraceful… they are more interested in US base politics than they are the plight of Tohoku.”

“I was moved to tears by the kindness of US troops – why are they so kind to us? People who write these kinds of articles have no business calling themselves journalists.”

“It’s embarrassing to come from the same country as people like this.”

“Go to hell you leftist scum! If anyone’s using this disaster it’s our chon PM!”

“I could cry… they are risking radiation to help us.”

“The three biggest threats to Japan are chinks, chon and those islanders!”

“Tokyoites are just as crazy as the rest of them. They aren’t even affected by the disaster and they start buying up all the food like crazy hoarders.”

“All you people defending the US, did you forget they were the ones who dropped nukes on us!? It’s pitiable.”

“Over 5,000 of their countrymen are dead as of writing and they publish an article criticising the relief effort!”

“Stop swallowing this article. I’m from Okinawa, I could cry… it’s all lies!”

“I was amazed when this turned out to be a real article. Shameful.”


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    Avatar of konakona
    Comment by konakona
    03:54 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    You scratch my back I scratch yours. Who cares? They're still helping people...

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    04:09 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The sad part is 2ch seems to see it and not this trash rag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    That is sad. 2ch has usually demonstrably been a hole of ignorance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Does anyone see the irony of a group of anonymous Internet users calling another group of anonymous Internet users, 'ignorant'?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    can we get some banning on 4ch?

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    Comment by POKI
    07:17 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    there's definitely something weird with 2ch since the censorship banning... it's like they're maturing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see it

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    10:41 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly? I see the irony, but I also beg to disagree. They may be terribly biased, and are rather hard to convince otherwise, but I'd actually state that they are pretty smart by anonymous internet groups standards. They seem to get into deeper things, and overall seem to have a lightly more varied opinion than the others.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    03:11 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Lurkerman

    Are you basing this on SC-articles, or have you personally participated in deep conversations with (2ch) 名無しs? I think they're more or less the same as Western anons.

    As for for the variety of opinion... Sankaku may have more cultural diversity, but then again pretty much everyone on this site belongs to the same niche group, while 2ch attracts a more diverse audience - however one-sidedly Japanese it might be.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    13:08 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    “We might as well have the bases on the mainland. In return they can house 10 reactors.”

    Your answer Prof Manabu Sato?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 11/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Check out Wikipedia... I was surprised to learn their crime rate is 14% that of Okinawans (doesn't count on-base crime rate, but that can't be high oc).

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    Comment by Dia
    03:48 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Dear Ryukyu Shimpo, it's easier to help if you base is near the disaster than if it's in the disaster.

    Respectfully, The Internet.

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    Comment by blue_bacon
    09:34 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    If they didn't help then they would've wrote
    "The US is sitting in their bases in our country, doing nothing to help! How pitiful!"

    So no matter what they do, they're a critique target.

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    Comment by alidan
    09:45 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    that base has had so much bad shit associated with it its not even funny.

    if you dont live by it you cant comment about it in a realistic way.

    honestly the base should stay, but the personnel needs to be looked into, and people they seed there needs to be looked into even more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the base IS going to stay. they say they're giving the base back every couple of months and then it turns into "oh nvm, we're going to keep it".

    commented by
    An okinawan/american.
    Lived there for 7years.
    Stationed on Foster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    or just an imposter

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    AMEN BROTHER AMEN. Where is the glorious Imperial Japanese Army my great grandfather used to serve?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    or your mother anon 11:10 as im fucking her

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    Comment by alidan
    15:52 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well no whit it should stay, im saying the people on base need to be looked into and chosen more carefully.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana

    You know, it'd be hard to find a group of people as collectively informed about nuclear radiation (and disaster management) as the US military.

    They also have some child molesters and racist assholes in there.

    But if I were Japanese, I'd be far more interested in that first point, right about now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “I was moved to tears by the kindness of US troops – why are they so kind to us?”

    I'm American and everyone I know looks to Japan as a friend. It's only natural for us to want to help you during these insane times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Who wouldn't want to help? Japan got devastated.

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    Comment by 美しい音
    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    American public donated 48 million US dollars so far and climbing. Yeah, every single one of those little priks who donated are cooking up something sinister.

    You might wanna swallow back what you just puked out. Cause I think that was your brain.

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    Comment by 美しい音
    05:34 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    How generous of the public.

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    Comment by Kina
    05:53 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    at 05:19 I don't think u seem to get the point of 美しい音 .
    she's talking about the government and politics not about the public.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well. Yes you did puke. Word vomit all over this thread.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You probably can't imagine an honest and good human being either; it's understandable as often it is difficult to see beyond oneself and ones own limitations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:24 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    2nd that -.-

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    Comment by deadbeat
    04:28 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    looks like the tsun-tsun side is rearing its head.

    Avatar of Kina
    Comment by Kina
    05:34 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    or Yandere if we skip the prev article

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    02:44 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yanderes are characterized by obsessive love, not tsun-tsun.

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    Comment by Syobon
    12:16 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    America is the real tsundere in my view,
    One day they nuke you, another they bring you comfort.
    whatever is relevant to their interests.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One day japan is ignoring you, another they bomb pearl harbor.
    Whatever is relevant to their interests.

    Leave the past along and focus on the present.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That was yesterday? My how time flies.

    It was damn near 70 years ago. You weren't alive. Get over things that have nothing to do with you.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You are dumb-er than a box of rocks, on toast even.
    Hate towards a country helping to dig Japan out of its rotting stink hole it's recently found itself in. Grow up. People are going to complain no matter what you do in this world. Help=complain Not help= don't care about other countries. You guys suck. Your dumb parents suck for teaching you this crap. Your stupid children are going to suck because you will shove this crap down their throats. Close your eyes and grunt and try to produce an IQ higher than a gerbils for once in your pathetic lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or maybe YOU are an idiot, the people of Japan should be grateful for the aid provided by the US sure but it doesn't mean they don't have the right to say something about the US military bases and if they think there's something more behind the aid than simple altruism.

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    Comment by Frank
    10:24 07/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, you're dumber than a rock/toast. You make one statement about how everyone in the world complains about everything and the rest of your paragraph was basically insulting everyone who reads it even thought you're making a generalization. And that guy is right. The Japanese are grateful for USA's help but they still have the right to question the motive behind their action. Especially in this case where the odds are higher for a misleading motive

    Avatar of hotshot™
    Comment by hotshot™
    03:55 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    People are dead, and all they can talk about are politics!?

    They must be trolling...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it's their OWN people to boot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    DOUBLE FAIL

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    10:56 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and no, that is not a double negative

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    Comment by kazaza2
    04:08 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I guess some people are so cynical they'll see ulterior motives no matter what the US does or doesn't do.
    Who owns that paper Rupert Murdoch? (joke)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess some people are so cynical they'll see ulterior motives no matter what the US does or doesn't do.
    Who owns that paper George Soros? (joke - fixed!)

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    Comment by kazaza2
    06:48 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Not a fan of George Soros either. Too much money, power and influence in the control of any one individual is good for no one save themselves.

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    Comment by Metalloid
    04:04 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Because of the Bases!? Okay troops, pack up, we're leaving Japan. We'll just let them fend for themselves because "They don't want our bases".

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    Comment by TFish
    05:07 18/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Your comment reminded me of this comic.

    http://satwcomic.com/stop-your-meddling

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    love this !!!!comic thx 4 sheer!

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    Comment by wolf71288
    05:49 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @TFish lol funny comic xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Are you people all retarded? can you not see that the one argument has been written by one person, while all the dozens and dozens of Japanese comments are in agreement with what the US military is doing? Its one Journalists opinion, not the fucking nation. jesus.

    Avatar of Metalloid
    Comment by Metalloid
    05:04 18/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm still going to make fun of it.

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    10:56 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah yeah, but it's fun to join the opinion that gets the "moral high ground!" besides, there are going to be fierce over-emotional posters no matter what you mention (see above post), so why reply to them?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats Sancon for you.

    Arte: Foreign pigs say that tsunami is karma for Pearl Harbor
    Sancon Denizens/anon: STFU USA FAGGOTS!

    Arte: USA lends aid to Japan = USA is good
    Sancon denizens/anon: Yay for USA! Hail our lifelong friends!

    Arte: USA use their operations as an excuse to keep their military bases in Japan
    Sancon denizens/anon: GTFO GREEDY USA PIGS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Follow the herd :3 Epic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing is pure black or white
    the bases are a long time brazen nuisance imposed upon japan
    of course now they come in handy, but certainly american diplomacy wont forget any favors they do
    on the other hand, china is gonna start their world conquest any day now so the bases better stay there for the sake of all of us

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    BAAAAAAAAH i mean boo journalists!

    Comment by PhillB
    07:40 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Backfire on Okinawan folks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 18/03/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Haven't you heard about the social media propaganda program the military has? They /promised/ not to use it on Americans, but that they would use it to create a false sense of pro-american support to try and sway opinions of people on the fence.

    It's been a pretty big news story recently elsewhere, I wouldn't put it past american slime to use it at a time like this to advance their military agenda. What reason would anyone have to have a pro-american opinion. The world HATES america, it really does, even people america has never attacked, so why would Japan, one of the nations america attacked most harshly ever welcome this push of their unilateral american military agenda? Sure, thanks for the aid, it doesn't mean they'd want to keep military bases around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A spectacle? Really? Hopefully they take the time to subdue their efforts next time so as to not piss people off, because that's important.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree anon, yes everyone HATES America. They just want to keep china under their view. this is just a troll 4 me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just look at the whole situation.
    America makes a giant spectacle out of its relief efforts and then goes "Well, good thing that our base was right over there, right? Right? *wink* *wink*"

    Doesn't that make you at least a bit suspicious?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:45

    American has made no mention of okinawan base what-so-ever since this operation started. Quit bullshitting around.

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    Comment by Ethan
    13:32 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    America isn't making a spectacle of the relief efforts. All of it's spots on the news are about the global effort or on the tsunami's affects on Japan itself. The ones making a big thing out of it are the Japanese (for good reason) and people like you who like to bitch about America for the hell of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For all we know, you're part of a 'social media propaganda program' from some other group to spread dissent against America.

    Even though the United States fought against Japan almost 70 years ago, in the aftermath they helped the Japanese establish themselves as one of the top world powers. The world at large doesn't 'hate' America either, so if you're trying to convince people of that, then your opinion holds no merit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    japan doesnt even want u there they told u to fuck off and went to sign with china. and who in thier right mind would want americas help your retarded and all they have to is ask and united KINGDOM and the rest of the world would help so do us a favour and pisssssss offffffff

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Five Filipinos with five dogs are not going to help much in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese affected by the earthquake and tsunami don't seem to mind the aid of the United States.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan requested help from the US specifically, especially because of the ability for the US to make a quick response.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    also because they're US' bitch since 1947

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why have base in japan and other countrys, can we from other countrys build military bases in your country? Guess what, you said no. So USA can go fuck them self in the arse. You just using other countrys for your own benefits, using intel and threats. Their "police act" or "rescue" is Only to glorify them self.

    I have loads of US. friends that actualy fled from USA because they saw the hypocrite, brainwash at early state (kiddengarden and school) and dubble moral.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! They fled?! I dunno where you live but in the US you can just... ya know... leave. xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, try and learn about history a bit. WWII, ever heard of it??

    Try defeating a country, then you might be able to build a base there... just expecting people to open doors to you without any alliance, treaty, or post-war situation, is mere stupidity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, kid, you're quite the moron.

    You know people who "fled" the US? Hahahaha!! Very funny.

    Try living in a country without any freedom for a change. Then you'll know what it is to truly want to flee a place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    really i think reading that post made some of my brain cells die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's harder keeping them out than keeping them in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    rofl "fled" the USA? I think not, you are free to leave unlike other countries. More Euro-fuck hate im sure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the stupidest post I've read in a long time! LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 18/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's pack it up, boys! We're heading home! They don't want us! We can't afford to be here and when North Korea makes it rain nukes, we can wipe our hands of the whole thing!










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