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Senators Levin, McCain, Webb Press Release on Military Basing in Asia


Warn present realignment plans are unrealistic, unworkable and unaffordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jim Webb (D-VA) call on the Department of Defense (DoD) to re-examine plans to restructure U.S. military forces in East Asia, while providing assurances to Japan, Korea, and other countries that the United States strongly supports a continuous and vigorous U.S. presence in the region. The senators believe the current DoD realignment plans are unrealistic, unworkable, and unaffordable.

"Much has changed since the US-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation agreement was signed in 2006," said Senator Levin. "The projected times are totally unrealistic. The significant estimated cost growth associated with some projects is simply unaffordable in today's increasingly constrained fiscal environment. Political realities in Okinawa and Guam, as well as the enormous financial burden imposed on Japan by the devastation resulting from the disastrous March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, also must be considered."

"The Asia-Pacific region's growing role in the global distribution of power requires us to consistently review and update plans for the U.S. military's role in the region," said Senator McCain. "In addition, it's very important to maintain strong bilateral alliances to ensure regional security and our national security interests."

"Our country has reached a critical moment in terms of redefining our military role in East Asia," said Senator Webb. "This moment in history requires that we clearly articulate our operational doctrine, thus reshaping the structure of our military posture in that region, particularly in Korea, Japan and Guam. The success of our relationships is guaranteed by the stability our forward-deployed military forces provide in this region and by our continuing close alliances with Japan and Korea."

Senators Levin, McCain and Webb Propose

· Placing the realignment of the basing of U.S. military forces in South Korea on hold pending further review, and reevaluate any proposal to increase the number of family members accompanying military personnel.

· Revising the Marine Corps force realignment implementation plan for Guam to consist of a presence with a permanently-assigned headquarters element bolstered by deployed, rotating combat units that are home-based elsewhere, and consideration of off-island training sites.

· Examining the feasibility of moving Marine Corps assets at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, rather than building an expensive replacement facility at Camp Schwab - while dispersing a part of Air Force assets now at Kadena to Andersen Air Base in Guam and/or other locations in Japan.

The proposals would save billions in taxpayer dollars, keep U.S. military forces in the region, greatly reduce the timing of sensitive political issues surrounding MCAS Futemna, and reduce the American footprint on Okinawa. The recommendations were based on proposals made by Senator Webb to the Committee and build upon the concerns expressed by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Acts for the past two years.


Dear Secretary Gates:

The purpose for this letter is to give you our observations and recommendations regarding the future U.S. defense posture and restructuring of our forces in East Asia. During the recent Senate recess, we visited Guam, Tinian, Okinawa, and Tokyo. Numerous meetings with US military commanders and diplomats, government officials, business leaders, and members of local communities allowed us to assess the current status of the planned realignment of our military forces and the political dynamics associated with them.

Our country has reached a critical moment in terms of redefining our military role in East Asia. This moment in history requires that we clearly articulate our operational doctrine, thus reshaping the structure of our military posture in that region, particularly in Korea, Japan and Guam. Importantly, it also warns against a basing policy that now seems to be driven by little more than the momentum of DOD appropriations related to construction projects, rather than an analysis of the logic that set those projects into motion. It calls upon those of us in the Congress, and especially on the Armed Services Committee, to both evaluate and become the stewards of the vital role that the United States military will play in Asia throughout the present century.

Much has changed since the US-Japan Roadmap for Realignment Implementation agreement was signed in 2006. The projected times are totally unrealistic. The significant estimated cost growth associated with some projects is simply unaffordable in today's increasingly constrained fiscal environment. Political realities in Okinawa and Guam, as well as the enormous financial burden imposed on Japan by the devastation resulting from the disastrous March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, also must be considered. What has not changed is that our country is the key to stability in this region. The success of our relationships is guaranteed by the stability our forward-deployed military forces provide and by our continuing close alliance with Japan.

In our view, present realignment plans are unrealistic and unworkable. They need to be carefully re-examined, while providing assurance to Japan, Korea, and other countries in East Asia that we strongly support a continuous and vigorous US presence in the region. Our observations are brief and general in nature, intended as the basis for detailed analysis by your staff.



We are not confident that the proposed basing realignment in Korea is proceeding from an operational posture that fits our future role in Korea and the region writ large. Unlike any other "permanent" posturing of US forces abroad, our military forces in Korea are justified in terms of "local defense" - in other words, the defense of South Korea against an attack from the north. By contrast, our forces in Okinawa and Germany are considered to be available for multiple contingencies throughout their regions and beyond. This reality calls into question their size, positioning, and compatibility with the South Korean military. Thus, the credibility of our commitment to the defense of Korea should not be measured by the simple number of our troops, but by the specific missions that they perform. In that regard, we recommend a stringent review of their present missions to examine which are redundant, or capable of being performed by the South Korean military, and which are unique to the special capabilities of our own.

The ongoing construction of facilities at Camp Humphreys has been taking place through three separate funding mechanisms, only one of which seems to have been subject to careful review by the Congress. First, the South Korean government has been funding "one for one" replacement facilities for the transplacement of US bases in Seoul. Second, the US Commanding General seems to have had wide latitude in approving projects from discretionary funds under his control. And third, future projects, especially those related to the reconfiguration of combat units now on or near the DMZ, will be funded through specific appropriations and thus should receive closer scrutiny by Congress. In some respects this scrutiny is at risk because the momentum from the projects already underway threatens the ability of the Congress to properly examine issues related to the size, functioning and capabilities of US forces that were raised in the above paragraph.

Additionally, the estimated costs for relocations to Camp Humphreys are growing substantially. It is unclear how they will be distributed and whether the Republic of Korea's share of costs is over and above its total direct financial contribution to support US troops in ways not contemplated when the relocation agreement was adopted. In today's fiscal environment, we must achieve cost savings and identify cost avoidances in current and planned military construction projects. We recommend that the proposed restructuring of US forces in South Korea be placed on hold until the review mentioned above has taken place.

The US commander in Korea has decided that the number of American family members and civilians be dramatically increased under a process known as "tour normalization." This process, which would convert almost all US military assignments in Korea from "deployed" status, without family members, to "accompanied" status, would drive up housing, medical, school, recreational, and other infrastructure costs. We are not convinced of the arguments that have been used to support this concept. Nor have we seen clear, measurable data that properly calculates the cost.

We question the analysis that has been used to support the decision to pursue tour normalization. There is an inherent contradiction in planning to increase the number of U.S. military family members in South Korea when there is the real potential that a destabilizing security situation in North Korea could unfold rapidly and unpredictably. We recommend that this proposal be the subject of further, careful review.

Okinawa / Guam

The issues related to downsizing the US presence on Okinawa and transferring some of these functions to Guam are militarily complex, potentially costly, and politically sensitive. The US and Japanese governments have been working for fifteen years to come up with an acceptable formula. A general framework has now been agreed upon, whereby the US will relocate many of its bases from the populous southern end of Okinawa, moving some forces to the less populous north and also rebasing 8,000 US Marines on Guam. However, a stalemate has ensued, with many in Okinawa growing intransigent and, to a lesser extent, many on Guam losing their enthusiasm.

On Okinawa, the most difficult issue regards the long-standing dilemma of relocating the US Marine Corps air facility at Futenma, now operating in a highly populated section of the island and the subject of numerous protests. The Marine Corps insists that any relocation must remain on Okinawa due to the unique air / ground partnership that is characteristic of Marine Corps operations. One option - moving Marine Corps helicopter and other functions from Futenma to nearby Kadena Air Force Base - has been opposed because it would bring increased noise levels to Kadena. Many Okinawans, including many leaders, are adamant that the facility should be relocated off-island.

The present compromise reached between the US government and the Government of Japan calls for the construction of a contiguous, partially offshore replacement facility to the far north at Camp Schwab. The US government and the GOJ seem determined to pursue this option in order to bring final closure to the debate, but it is rife with difficulties. This would be a massive, multi-billion dollar undertaking, requiring extensive landfill, destruction and relocation of many existing facilities, and in a best-case scenario, several years of effort - some estimate that the process could take as long as ten years. Moreover, the recent earthquake and tsunami around Sendai in the north of Japan is creating an enormous burden on the Japanese economy and will require years of reconstruction.

On Guam, environmental issues have not been resolved, and many community leaders are concerned that local communities and facilities would be overwhelmed by any large increase in our military presence. Their clear message is that federal money would be necessary to build up infrastructure outside of the bases in a manner commensurate with an increase in the bases themselves. Although several issues are being debated related to firing ranges on Guam and training activities on places like Tinian, the principal issue for military planners involves whether to relocate families along with the 8,000 Marines who would be assigned to that island or to configure the Marines mostly as deployed units rotating into and out of Guam from a home base such as Hawaii or Camp Pendleton. This distinction would make a strong difference in terms of infrastructure costs for schools, medical, recreational facilities, and housing. A good estimate is that 8,000 Marines would become 23,000 Americans if family members were included.

It should also be noted that Guam's Anderson Air Force Base is a large, under-utilized facility. Mindful that B-52 missions were conducted continuously there in the 1970s, we estimate that Anderson Air Force Base is now operating at less than half of its capacity.


The Marine Corps should consider revising its implementation plan for Guam to a stripped-down presence with a permanently-assigned (family accompanied) headquarters element bolstered by deployed, rotating combat units that are home-based elsewhere, and the construction of a "Camp Fuji" style training site on Tinian. The "planned" versus "preferred" options for Marine Corps presence on Guam need to be resolved so that the Navy can develop and provide to the Committee the master plan for the overall buildup on Guam that was first requested in 2006.

DOD should immediately examine the feasibility of moving the Marine Corps assets at Futenma into Kadena Air Force Base, while dispersing a percentage of Air Force assets now at Kadena into other areas of the Pacific region. A number of other options exist in Japan and, especially, Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. In addition, the 6,000-acre ammunition storage area at Kadena could potentially be down-sized, especially in light of the two ammunition storage areas already located on Guam - one of them comprising 8,000 acres in and of itself, and the other one already located on Anderson Air Force Base.

Reducing the burden of the US presence on the people of Okinawa is an important goal associated with the realignment roadmap. Relocating Marine Corps aviation assets as outlined above will allow the US to return the land at the Futenma Air Base faster and at substantially less expense than the current plan for the Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab. Additionally, it is imperative that we pursue every opportunity to avoid unnecessary and unaffordable costs to the US taxpayer. Money saved by abandoning the Camp Schwab FRF could be applied to new projects in the revised realignment plan following negotiations with the Government of Japan to formulate a new cost-sharing agreement.This option would keep our military forces in the region, would greatly reduce the timing of the sensitive political issues surrounding Futemna, could save billions in costs that would have gone into the offshore facility at Camp Schwab, would reduce the American footprint on Okinawa, and potentially could result in the return of more land to the Okinawan people if the size of the ammunition storage area at Kadena could be reduced.

We look forward to discussing these and other possibilities with you and your staff at your earliest convenience
by juconetwork | 2011-05-12 13:38 | 報道関係




在沖駐米大使だったころから、沖縄に対する差別的な発言をくりかえしていたメアさんですが、今回の件に関する反論については、Wall Street Journalにも掲載(http://on.wsj.com/edcOeO)されています。



(共同通信編集委員 石山永一郎)

Maher's denial of Okinawa remarks 'unbelievable': U.S. academic

TOKYO, April 17 Kyodo - An American academic says it is ''unbelievable'' that U.S. State Department former Japan desk chief Kevin Maher recently denied his reported disparaging remarks about the people of Okinawa, over which he was dismissed from his post last month.
David Vine, an assistant professor at American University in Washington, told Kyodo News that his own notes back up his students' account that Maher did make controversial comments.
Maher came under fire in March when a written account compiled by some students was taken up by news media, saying that he called the people of Okinawa ''lazy'' and ''masters of manipulation and extortion'' during a lecture in December.
But in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Maher denied making any controversial comments. He said the students' report made of an off-the-record briefing has ''no credibility'' and is a ''fabrication.''
Vine said, through telephone and e-mail communication, ''I took detailed and copious notes during the presentation made by Mr. Maher, and I can confirm the accuracy and substance of the students' report as well as the specific language that has been attributed to Mr. Maher.''
Vine was the one who took the group of students to the December lecture at the State Department and heard Maher's briefing together with his students.
Citing his notes, Vine quoted Maher as saying that the Japanese people as a whole have an ''extortionist culture,'' and that the ''Okinawans...are masters at this.''
Vine added that Maher said Okinawans are using ''guilt'' felt by the Japanese government for burdening Okinawa with the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Japan to get money from Tokyo.
Maher resigned from the department on April 6.


 メア氏発言とアジア精神史  琉球大名誉教授 比屋根照夫 

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 ひやね・てるお 39年生まれ。著書に「戦後沖縄の精神と思想」「アジアへの架橋」など。

 ケビン・メア氏の発言 米国務省日本部長だったケビン・メア氏が昨年12月、米大学生らに省内で行った講義の中で、日本人は合意重視の和の文化を「ゆすりの手段に使う」「沖縄はごまかしの名人で怠惰」などと発言した。学生たちは東京と沖縄へ研修旅行に向かう準備中だった。旅行後、学生たちが作成したメア氏の「発言録」で詳細が明らかになった。キャンベル国務次官補が松本剛明外相に謝罪、メア氏は日本部長を更迭された。メア氏は前駐沖縄総領事で、米軍普天間飛行場の移設問題の日米交渉に実務者として深く関与していた。

by juconetwork | 2011-04-18 17:11 | 報道関係

【報道】メア発言録は「正確」と強調 アメリカン大学生ら 4人が作成、教授も証言


 しかし、ミヤギさんは「発言録作成には正確さを期し、不明確な部分などは加えていない」と証言。バイン准教授も「発言録の内容はメア氏が話した通りで間違いない」と確認している。(共同通信編集委員 石山永一郎)

by juconetwork | 2011-03-10 09:59 | 報道関係

ケビン・メア発言 海外の報道などについて


US official's 'mockery' of Okinawa angers Japan

Wall Street Journal 紙
Maher Backlash Mounts in Okinawa

The Japan Times
U.S. diplomat accused of disparaging Okinawans Islanders 'masters of manipulation and extortion' on Futenma issue

Japan Focus誌編集委員、コーネル大学東アジア研究所主任研究員のマーク・セルダン氏が琉球新報にコメントされました。コメントの英語原文はこちらのサイトから確認できます。
Mark Selden on Maher: Arrogance, Expressed Crudely


by juconetwork | 2011-03-09 16:09 | 報道関係


Written account of lecture by U.S. diplomat about Okinawa

TOKYO, March 8 Kyodo - The following is a written account of an off-the-record lecture Kevin Maher, who heads the Office of Japan Affairs at the U.S. State Department, gave to a group of students in December at the request of American University before their trip to Okinawa. The written account was compiled by some students, and Kyodo News obtained a copy of the written account from students who attended the lecture.
-- I was the consul general in Okinawa until 2009. It is said that half the U.S. bases in Japan are located in Okinawa, but the statistic only includes bases used exclusively by the U.S. military. If all bases, U.S. bases and bases jointly used by the U.S. and Japanese Self-Defense Forces, are considered, the percentage of bases in Okinawa is much lower.
-- The controversial bases in Okinawa were originally in the middle of rice fields, but are now in the middle of towns because Okinawans allowed urbanization and population growth to surround United States facilities.
-- The U.S. bases in Okinawa exist for regional security. The Japanese obligation under the U.S.-Japan security treaty is to provide land for bases. The relationship between Japan and the U.S. under the security treaty is asymmetric and benefits the Japanese to the detriment of the U.S. Japan is not obligated to defend the United States if U.S. forces are attacked, but the United States must defend and protect Japan's people and property.
-- Collective security is not a constitutional issue, but a policy issue.
-- Eighteen thousand (18,000) U.S. Marines and an air wing are stationed in Okinawa. The United States needs bases in Okinawa for two reasons: bases are already there and Okinawa is an important geographical location.
-- (While showing a map of East Asia) U.S. Forces Japan is headquartered in Tokyo and is the location of a logistics hub that would coordinate supplies and troops in the event of a crisis. Misawa, an important base in the Cold War, is the closest U.S. base to Russia and the base at Iwakuni is only 30 minutes from Korea, yet Okinawa's geographic location is important to regional security.
-- Okinawa was an independent kingdom paying tribute to China, although it has never been a part of China. The U.S. occupied Okinawa until 1972.
-- The Okinawan people's anger and frustration is directed at Japan rather than the United States. The DPJ government does not understand Okinawa. The Japanese government does not have a ''pipeline'' of communication to Okinawa. When I offer to contact people in Okinawa, DPJ officials say ''Yes! Yes, please!'' The LDP communicated with Okinawa and understood Okinawan concerns better than the current DPJ government.
-- One-third of people believe the world would be more peaceful without a military. It is impossible to talk with such people.
-- The 2009 election brought the DPJ to power, which was the first change in the government of Japan. Hatoyama was a leftist politician. Despite the DPJ and Prime Minister Hatoyama, the U.S. and Japan managed to issue the 2 plus 2 statement in May.

(Mr. Maher left the room and two of his colleagues gave a lecture about the U.S.-Japan economic relationship. Mr. Maher returned to resume his lecture and the two officials left the room.)

-- The U.S. will relocate 8,000 Marines from Futenma to Guam in order to reduce the U.S. military footprint on Okinawa. The plan will allow the U.S. to maintain a military presence in the region to provide regional security and deterrence capability.
-- Under the road map, Japan will provide money for the relocation and it is a sign of a tangible effort from Japan. The DPJ government has delayed implementation, but I am confident that the government will implement the existing plan. Tokyo needs to tell the Okinawan governor, ''If you want money, sign it (agree to the relocation plan).''
-- There is nowhere else to base U.S. Marines. The DPJ suggested a replacement facility in mainland Japan, but there is no place in mainland Japan for the U.S. military.
-- Japanese culture is a culture of ''Wa'' (harmony) that is based on consensus. Consensus building is important in Japanese culture. While the Japanese would call this ''consensus,'' they mean ''extortion'' and use this culture of consensus as a means of ''extortion.'' By pretending to seek consensus, people try to get as much money as possible. Okinawans are masters of ''manipulation'' and ''extortion'' of Tokyo.
-- Okinawa's main industry is tourism. While there is an agricultural industry, the main industry is tourism. Although Okinawans grow goya, other prefectures grow more than Okinawa. Okinawans are too lazy to grow goya.
-- Okinawa has the highest divorce rate, birthrate (especially out of wedlock) and drunk-driving rate due to Okinawa's culture of drinking liquor with high alcohol content.
-- You should be careful about ''tatemae and honne'' while in Japan. Tatemae and honne is the ''idea that words and actual intentions are different.'' While in Okinawa, I said MCAS Futenma ''is not especially dangerous.'' My statements caused Okinawans to protest in front of my office. Although Okinawans claim MCAS Futenma is the most dangerous base in the world, they know it is not true. Fukuoka Airport and Osaka Itami Airport are just as dangerous.
-- Japanese politicians do tatemae and honne all the time. Okinawan politicians will agree to a negotiation in Tokyo but return to Okinawa and claim they did not. The U.S. ambassador and other representatives to Japan are constantly criticized for speaking the truth because the Japanese culture is too focused on tatemae and honne.
-- The U.S. military and JSDF have different mentalities. The U.S. military trains to prepare for possible deployment, but the JSDF train without actually preparing for deployment.
-- Local people oppose night training by the U.S. military but it is necessary because modern warfare is often fought at night. Night training is essential to maintain deterrence capability.
-- I don't think Article Nine of the Japanese Constitution should change. I doubt it will ever be changed. It would be bad for the United States if the Japanese Constitution was changed because Japan would not need the United States military. If the Japanese Constitution was changed, the United States would not be able to use Japanese land to advance U.S. interests. The high host nation support the Japanese government currently pays is beneficial to the U.S. We've got a very good deal in Japan.


Japan voices regret over U.S. official's alleged 'extortion' comments

Japan on Tuesday expressed regret over alleged comments by a senior U.S. diplomat disparaging the people of Okinawa, and asked the United States to deal with the matter appropriately.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said in a news conference that he told U.S. Ambassador John Roos over the phone that the alleged comments by Kevin Maher to American University students before their trip to Okinawa, if true, were ''very inappropriate'' for someone in his capacity regardless of whether they were on or off the record, and conveyed his regret that a report of this kind had surfaced.
The anger in Japan's southern island prefecture, which hosts the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan, stems from remarks reportedly made by Maher, director of the Office of Japan Affairs at the U.S. State Department, who described local residents as ''masters of manipulation and extortion'' in reference to their negotiations with the central government.
At the press conference, Edano said he had told Roos the comments had hurt the feelings of the people of Okinawa and Japan believed they were ''hardly acceptable.''
Their 15-minute telephone talks came after the Okinawa prefectural and Naha city assemblies unanimously adopted resolutions seeking a retraction and apology. Other municipalities that host bases in Okinawa are expected to follow suit.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters that the comments, if true, were ''regrettable.''
Edano, who is temporarily doubling as foreign minister following the resignation of Seiji Maehara on Sunday, also said he had asked the U.S. envoy to implement measures ''taking into account the sentiments of Okinawa.''
Roos told Edano he regrets that the reported remarks greatly hurt the sentiments of the people of Okinawa, while stressing they were not reflective of the U.S. government's position.
Roos, who initiated the telephone talks, was also quoted by Edano as saying he will work in good faith to overcome the situation that has arisen as a result of the reported comments.
There was no discussion regarding the veracity of the reported comments, Edano said, adding that he believes appropriate steps will be taken by Roos and the State Department.
Apparently due to the furor over the alleged comments, Maher's planned visit to Tokyo for high-level bilateral talks on Thursday to discuss deepening Japan-U.S. ties has been cancelled, government sources said. It is rare for Maher to be absent during bilateral negotiations.
According to a written account of the lecture given by Maher, compiled by some of the students who attended, he said, ''Consensus building is important in Japanese culture. While the Japanese would call this 'consensus,' they mean 'extortion' and use this culture of consensus as a means of extortion.''
Maher, former consul general in Okinawa, is also said to have commented on his experience of negotiating with Japan over the controversial issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, which is fiercely opposed by local people. Maher is known to advocate the current relocation plan.
Maher has told Kyodo News that his briefing was an off-the-record event and the account made available to Kyodo News was ''neither accurate nor complete.'' He spoke in Washington on Dec. 3 at the request of American University to a group of 14 students.
Zenshin Takamine, chairman of the prefectural assembly, and other assembly representatives are expected to visit the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, possibly this week, to submit a letter of protest.

by juconetwork | 2011-03-09 15:51 | 報道関係



在日米軍は利益もたらす 安保と憲法にも言及 






 メア氏、訪日中止  沖縄はゆすり発言 





by juconetwork | 2011-03-09 15:41 | 報道関係

ケビン・メア発言 英語の記事

Okinawans angered by U.S. official's reported remarks
NAHA, Japan, March 7 Kyodo - Okinawan politicians expressed anger Monday over alleged remarks by a former U.S. consul general in Japan's southern island prefecture
in which he reportedly described local residents as ''masters of manipulation and extortion.''

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima expressed dismay at the remarks attributed to former Consul General Kevin Maher, currently in charge of Japanese affairs at the U.S. State Department, saying, ''(The comments) make me question what the U.S. consular office (in Okinawa) exists for.''

''I wonder what he learned in Okinawa (when he was here),'' Nakaima told reporters.

The Okinawa prefectural assembly is also expected to unanimously adopt a resolution on Tuesday describing the comments attributed to Maher as unacceptable and seeking a retraction and apology, assembly members said.

The Naha city assembly is expected to pass a similar resolution on Tuesday.

The former consul general is also said to have commented on his experience of negotiating with Japan over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station within the prefecture, which is fiercely opposed by local people.

According to a written account of the lecture Maher gave in Washington in December, he said, ''Consensus building is important in Japanese culture. While the Japanese would call this 'consensus,' they mean 'extortion' and use this culture of consensus as a means of extortion.''

''By pretending to seek consensus, people try to get as much money as possible,'' he was quoted as saying.

He also allegedly described people in Okinawa as ''masters of manipulation and extortion'' in their relations with the central government, according to the account.

Maher has told Kyodo News, ''I am not in a position to comment on the record at this time,'' saying his briefing was an off-the-record event. He said the account made available to Kyodo News was ''neither accurate nor complete.''

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issued a statement on Monday saying the official's alleged statements ''in no way reflect'' the views of the U.S. government.

''The U.S. government has the deepest respect for Okinawa and its people. The United States and Okinawa enjoy a deep, long and broad relationship,'' the embassy said.

In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference, ''I do not think it is necessary to verify every remark (made by a U.S. official) based solely on news reports,'' noting the two countries regularly discuss and share mutual understanding on a wide range of bilateral issues.

Edano made his remarks when asked if the government would make inquiries with the United States about the matter.

At the same time, he said it is ''natural for the people of Okinawa to be angry,'' based on the news coverage.

Edano added he believes the U.S. government will ''deal appropriately'' with the situation, if necessary.

U.S. diplomat said to have likened Japanese idea of harmony to extortion
TOKYO, March 6 Kyodo - A U.S. official in charge of Japanese affairs at the State Department is said to have likened the Japanese culture of maintaining social harmony to a means of ''extortion'' and described the people on the southern island of Okinawa as ''lazy'' in a speech given in Washington late last year.

According to a written account compiled by some students who attended the lecture at the department, Kevin Maher, who heads its Japanese affairs office and served as consul general in Okinawa Prefecture, also described people in Okinawa as ''masters of manipulation and extortion'' in their relations with the central government.

Maher told Kyodo News, ''I am not in a position to comment on the record at this time,'' saying his briefing was an off-the-record event. He said the account made available to Kyodo News is ''neither accurate nor complete.''

Maher has been involved in bilateral negotiations with Japan over the controversial issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station and is known to advocate a plan to relocate the base to another location within the prefecture, an idea widely opposed by local residents.

The remarks attributed to Maher are being seen as provocative in Japan. They are ''racially discriminating against Okinawa,'' said Teruo Hiyane, a scholar on postwar Okinawan history. Ukeru Magosaki, a former Japanese diplomat, said Maher's reported views on Japan were ''biased and completely distorted.''

Maher spoke on Dec. 3 at the request of American University to a group of 14 students just before their roughly two-week study tour to Tokyo and Okinawa.

In the speech, Maher was quoted as saying, ''Consensus building is important in Japanese culture. While the Japanese would call this 'consensus,' they mean 'extortion' and use this culture of consensus as a means of extortion.''

''By pretending to seek consensus, people try to get as much money as possible,'' he said.

Maher also criticized people in Okinawa as ''too lazy to grow 'goya' (bitter gourd),'' a traditional summer vegetable in the southern prefecture, saying other prefectures in Japan grow more than Okinawa, according to the account.

On the Futenma base, located in a crowded residential area of Ginowan, Maher allegedly said while Okinawans claim the base is the most dangerous in the world, they know that is it not true.

Civilian airports in Fukuoka and Osaka are ''just as dangerous,'' he reportedly said.

Maher was quoted as saying that the Japanese government ''needs to tell the Okinawan governor, 'if you want money, sign it,'' in reference to the Futenma relocation plan.

Students who produced notes of Maher's speech said he definitely made the remarks, with at least one saying it was surprising to hear statements full of bias from a person with a position in the U.S. government.

Maher, 56, served as consul general in Okinawa from 2006 and 2009 after joining the State Department in 1981 and being posted to Tokyo and Fukuoka.

Maher said of the account provided to Kyodo that he ''cannot control how individual students themselves might interpret remarks'' and ''it would therefore not be appropriate'' to attribute any specific remarks to him ''based upon secondhand information coming from students or others.''

In the summer of 2008, while he was posted in Okinawa, Maher sparked controversy after questioning why the local authorities were allowing the construction of homes in the residential area around the Futenma base. Plaintiffs seeking damages over noise from the U.S. base presented him with a written demand calling on him to immediately leave Okinawa.

Hiroshi Ashitomi, who leads a local group in Nago opposed to the relocation of the base to a coastal area of the city, said of Maher's alleged statements, ''They indicate that he views Japan and Okinawa as a (U.S.) colony. If the U.S. government is crafting its policies on Japan and Okinawa based on such views, we will have to ask the U.S. military to get out entirely.''

Magosaki, former head of the international intelligence office at the Foreign Ministry, said he had the impression that ''U.S. officials in charge of recent U.S.-Japan negotiations shared ideas like those of Mr. Maher,'' adding ''in that sense, his remarks were not especially distorted.''

Hiyane, professor emeritus of the University of the Ryukyus, said he ''cannot overlook'' remarks describing Okinawans as ''lazy'' and ''masters of manipulation and extortion,'' adding Maher's remarks represent ''a blatant mentality of occupation.''

''The U.S. military has for over 60 years after the war occupied land best fit for agriculture in Okinawa,'' he said. ''Were it not for (U.S.) bases, the (local) economy including agriculture would have been different.''
by juconetwork | 2011-03-08 09:40 | 報道関係

ケビン・メア発言 関連報道


 米国務省のメア日本部長(前駐沖縄総領事)が昨年末、米大学生らに国務省内で行った講義で、日本人は合意重視の和の文化を「ゆすりの手段に使う」 「沖縄はごまかしの名人で怠惰」などと発言していたことが6日までに分かった。
(共同通信編集委員 石山永一郎)




 ケビン・メア米国務省日本部長の話 学生たちにはオフレコ(公にしないこと)で講義を行った。彼らが私の






 ケビン・メア氏 1954年生まれ。81年、米国務省入省。在日米大使館安全保障部長、駐福岡米領事など

by juconetwork | 2011-03-08 09:38 | 報道関係

【報道】グアム、インフラ地元負担を拒否 海兵隊移転


【グアム共同】 米領グアムの地元議会・立法院のウォンパット議

by juconetwork | 2011-02-25 09:29 | 報道関係


先日ご報告しました、JUCONの米国側パートナーのNetwork for Okinawa(NO) が提出した、
やんばる高江と辺野古に関する米軍基地建設についての声明 が、昨日(2月22日)の琉球新報で報道されていました。



by juconetwork | 2011-02-23 11:58 | 報道関係


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