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Exposing the Hidden Threat to Safety, Sovereignty, and Transparency in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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U.S. Military Flights Over Tokyo

For years, discussions about U.S. military bases in Okinawa and their impact on Japan's sovereignty have been ongoing. As someone who has never lived near a U.S. base, I naively believed that the power dynamics of the post-war occupation had shifted. However, a chance encounter four years ago opened my eyes to the reality of U.S. military activity in Japan, particularly over the Tokyo metropolitan region.

My investigation began with a scandal involving concealed public records, where I discovered details of politicians interfering with government agencies. This led me to the minutes of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee meetings, held in secrecy and often resulting in agreements favoring the U.S. forces.

Intrigued, I turned my attention to the U.S. military facility in Roppongi, Tokyo, which has a heliport. Witnessing U.S. military helicopters flying at dangerously low altitudes over central Tokyo, I realized the extent of their disregard for Japanese regulations.

Expanding my research, I discovered that U.S. helicopters were conducting repeated low-altitude turns over Tokyo Bay, Sagami Bay, and the Boso Peninsula. Ospreys were also performing similar maneuvers over built-up areas, raising concerns about potential civilian casualties in case of an accident.

The most disturbing discovery was the secret agreement between Japan and the U.S. prohibiting the release of information about U.S. military flights in Japan without mutual consent. This effectively allows the U.S. to treat Japanese airspace as its own, keeping the public in the dark.

While the need to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance in the face of international threats is understandable, prioritizing the U.S. military's convenience over Japan's autonomy is deeply concerning. The lack of transparency and disregard for Japanese regulations raise serious questions about the true nature of the relationship between the two countries.

It is imperative that the Japanese government prioritize its own citizens' safety and sovereignty, demanding transparency and accountability from the U.S. military. Only then can a truly equal and mutually beneficial partnership be achieved.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09