Okinawa: Home to 39 US Military Installations


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I’m not meaning to mock anyone with this — but here again is another priceless picture from a TWN reader visiting Okinawa, Japan — which is speckled with nearly 40 separate US military institutions.
At some point though, one has to wonder whether these signs are really accidents or done on purpose to add to the charm?
— Steve Clemons


8 comments on “Okinawa: Home to 39 US Military Installations

  1. Rukasu says:

    This stuff should be reserved for, not a “foreign policy” blog.


  2. Hans Suter says:

    Posts like this on a FP blog do not look much, hm, diplomatic ?


  3. WigWag says:

    James Fallows, happy birthday!
    If you happen to be out and about in the Washington Note universe, your fans wish you the happiest 60th birthday!


  4. brigid says:

    I am alive because my father was wounded by a Japanese sniper on Okinawa, which made him quite happy, because he knew he would survive the war. He recuperated on Guam and shipped back to the states where he met my mother.


  5. RollMyEyes says:

    I have read that many Okinawans hate all those bases because they use up some of the best land. Right? Probably an unreasonabe, unstainable situation.


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gee, I had no idea that MEMRI did Japanese to English translations.


  7. Bart says:

    How much money might we save by closing, say, thirty of those thirty-nine bases?


  8. Outraged American says:

    Ever read a menu at a backpackers’ hostel in India? They should
    save their charming grasp of English and only have one item: flies.
    As in would you like chicken tikka with your flies?
    Or my favorite, a “cheese” sandwich, i.e, one slice of something
    that remotely resembled cheese between two slices of “bread” so
    full of rat hair that after you picked it all out you were too
    exhausted to eat the one ounce of what was left. At which point
    the rats would come back and reclaim it.


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