I’ve been reading up on the Futenma controversy for the last few weeks now. I’d originally thought I would write a FAQ, since this is a learning blog after all. But the more I read, the less attractive that sounded, as the issue is rather complicated. Instead I’d like to offer my perspective on both the Japanese and American points of view, and conclude with a wrap-up post that states my overall opinion on how things should proceed.

As a matter of disclosure, I would like to state early on that I write it as someone interested in maintaining American power in the Northwest Pacific. I also write it as someone who has a certain amount of empathy for Japan and it’s citizens. I also write it as someone not satisfied with the direction Japanese security policy is going, with an eye towards future reform.

So there.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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