【PART 2】 The Mystery of Fukushima: Why Japan Cannot Stop Nuclear Power Plants?

 

15】 A nation with foreign military presence is not an independent nation

 

Roppongi is in the exact center of Tokyo. What is called “Roppongi Heliport” is actually a back door, and CIA agents can come through it and do as they please. Also, these U.S. military facilities are extraterritorial, as is the case with Okinawa, Yokosuka, and Iwakuni. So even if people from the U.S. military rape a woman outside of its facilities, basically they cannot be arrested if they flee to their facilities. This status is obviously the extension of occupation.

The title of my book referenced in PART 1, “What Mainland Japanese People Don’t Know, But All Okinawans Know,” equals to “what people around the world know except for Japanese people in mainland Japan.” And what the Japanese people don’t know is this: “A nation with foreign military presence is not an independent nation.”

Therefore, every country tries hard to remove foreign forces from its territory. Good examples are the Philippines and Iraq. I will explain in more detail later, but note that the Philippines made the U.S. forces withdraw completely through the revision of their Constitution in 1992.

Iraq also drove out all the U.S. forces in 2011, only eight years after the Iraq War, which they lost decisively. In a film by Takeharu Watai, a film journalist, a 50-year-old Iraqi man made the following statement publicly right after the end of the war: “I would like to advise the U.S. Forces to leave as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will have to shoot all of them one by one. We are Iraqis. We appreciate what the U.S. did to some extent, but the game is over. They have to leave.” (Little Birds – Families in the Iraq War)

He is just an ordinary guy, and I assume he would have only a small handgun even if he were to “shoot them one by one.” However, I learned that this is the standard common sense of the international community. The Iraqis, among world nations, understand that if the occupation army stays, their country will not be an independent country.

Mr. Ukeru Magosaki, whom I mentioned earlier, says that Vietnam was in the same situation. From one point of view, the Vietnam War was a massive struggle to get rid of U.S. Forces.