Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Environmental Restoration of Former US Military Bases in Okinawa :: JapanFocus

US military bases south of Kadena are slated to be returned to Okinawa, although that is only to happen at various times up to “2028 or later,” and their environmental restoration is an important local issue. Article IV (1) of the US-Japan SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) is understood to exempt the polluter, namely the US Government, from the responsibility for environmental restoration. Although the US-ROK SOFA includes the same article, both the US and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Governments understand that the US Government bears some measure of responsibility for environmental restoration. This paper examines this difference between Japan and Korea in the interpretation of SOFA and makes some recommendations, based on the Korean experience, for environmental restoration of US military bases in Okinawa.

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Comment: Whaaaat! Say it ain't so Joe! The U.S. government is a polluter???? Heaven forbid!!! If we can't trust them, who can we trust? I thought AlGore said we should blindly place all of our trust people like him and the government to keep us all safe from ourselves because they were good and evil business people were out to kill us all by selling us stuff we like, like I-Pads, shoulder pads and Maxi-Pads and all that other shit we gladly give up our hard earned money for!!! 

Good thing us Americans got that Obama-care stuff now! Otherwise when those evil Fat-Cat Capitalist-Pig polluters poison us all to get rid of their customer base and put themselves out of business, we won't be able to fend for ourselves....

Oh, you mean that's the plan??? Oh, well if that's the case then, never mind!

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