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Title: American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks
Post by: rangerrebew on September 06, 2019, 09:06:13 AM
American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks

If Japan wants to stay under the U.S. umbrella, it needs to open up its military facilities.
By Tanner Greer | September 4, 2019, 1:59 PM


When it comes to Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump’s opinion is well known: The Japanese are freeloaders. This has been clear since his early days on the campaign trail in 2016, when he declared that if the Japanese “don’t take care of us properly, if they don’t respect us enough to take care of us properly, then you know what’s going to have to happen? … They’re going to have to defend themselves.” The meaning of “take care of properly” has become clearer in recent months: The White House has drawn up demands for “cost plus 50”—or the full cost of hosting American servicemen, plus a 50 percent premium.

There is nothing wrong with pressuring the Japanese to commit more to the forces that protect them. But a financial focus distracts from more urgent problems in the U.S.-Japanese alliance—most importantly, Japan’s determination to cordon off the troops they host onto a small number of easily attacked bases. If changes to American basing are not made, the United States does not just risk being cheated, but defeated.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/04/american-bases-in-japan-are-sitting-ducks/
Title: Re: American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks
Post by: skeeter on September 06, 2019, 10:10:19 AM
There's something vaguely ironic about Japan's refusal to allow the US to disperse its military assets based there to avoid their being destroyed in the first few minutes of the next Pacific war.