In Okinawa there is a battle going on for the governorship of the island. Between the now Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and the candidate Yoichi Iha.
Governor Hirokazu Nakaima and candidate Yoichi Iha want both want the US-military base Futenma on Okinawa closed and the replacement facility built somewhere other than the Okinawan prefecture.
Yoichi Iha is supported by the Social Democrats and Communists. He has gone one step further: he doesn't want the base in Japan at all.
Elections are taking place this weekend. More than 80 percent of the people in Okinawa oppose the current Tokyo-Washington – any new governor will be a thorn in the side of the alliance.
In case Yoichi Iha is winning, this could mean very well a disaster for the Pentagon.
But now to the escalation in Korea.
What in most most of the western media was characterized as a burst of unprovoked North Korean “aggression” seem quite different at a closer look.
It seems appearent is that the South Koreans were conducting military “exercises” near a disputed island, which North Korea claims as its territory, and South Korean ships had opened fire, but not in the direction of the North Korean mainland. The North Koreans responded by opening fire.
The military exercises, code-named “Hoguk,” involving all four branches of the South Korean armed forces and some 70,000 troops, simulated an attack on North Korea, and were meant to provoke the North Koreans, who responded as might be expected. US troops were supposed to have participated in the exercises, but apparently the US-forces pulled back at the last moment – perhaps knowning something was in the making.
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