ancient Ryukyu painting depicts a traditional
Ryukyu royal scene. The king and the palace ladies
are in a typical China's Ming-style custom and
hairdo. Ryukyu kingdom was founded in 1429 with
the help of Ming Dynasty. During the Ming Dynasty,
the kingdom's tie to China was so close that
was like being a member of a great Ming Imperial
US President Obama is now in Japan for an official visit. "A
key part of his visit will be to shore up the huge US bases
on the Japanese island of Okinawa (historically and natively
known as Ryukyu). But there are increasing calls for the
US military to leave the island. Dozens of military toxic
dump sites are being discovered and locals are outraged," observed abc.net.au.
Jon Mitchell from globalresearch.ca gives
a more detailed account on how America created a Junk Heap
In June 2013, construction workers
unearthed more than 20 rusty barrels from beneath a soccer
pitch in Okinawa City. The land had once been part of Kadena
Air Base – the Pentagon’s largest installation in the Pacific
region – but was returned to civilian usage in 1987. Tests
revealed that the barrels contained two ingredients of military
defoliants used in the Vietnam War – the herbicide 2,4,5-T
and 2,3,7,8-TCDD dioxin. Levels of the highly toxic TCDD
in nearby water measured 280 times safe limits.
The history of U.S. pollution on
Okinawa is almost as long as its ongoing military presence.
Following the end of World War Two, Okinawa earned the nickname
the “Junk Heap of the Pacific” due to the large volume of
surplus supplies abandoned there. During this period, one
of the first known instances of contamination occurred when
eight residents of Iheya Village were killed by arsenic poisoning
from a nearby U.S. compound in 1947.
Over the past seven decades, the
island’s sea, land and air have been contaminated with toxins
including arsenic, depleted uranium, nerve gas and carcinogenic
hexavalent chromium. But, regardless of these risks, the
Pentagon continues to do everything it can to evade responsibility
for the damage its bases cause.
Now is the quesiton. How on earth the US military force
is allowed to poison the native civilians without facing
up the consequences?
the answer: Unlike other nations with U.S. bases such
as Germany, "the
Japanese government has no effective powers to conduct environmental
checks, nor does the Pentagon have a duty to disclose to
the public any contamination that it knows to exist."
Obvious it is not because Japan is a defeated fascist
nation which it is. It is because Japanese government
did not try and is not going to try to obtain such sovereign
power. Why? Well, we guess when you have reviewed Japanese
history on its repeated attempts to grab other people's land
through genocidal operation, you shall
have a fair bit of idea about their motivations behind.
Ryukyu was never part of Japan until 1879 when Japanese
army invaded Ryukyu and turned the kingdom into a second
class prefecture of Japan. What's more, Japan's right to
rule the island ceased more than half a century ago
according to Cairo
and Potsdam Declarations.
This early Ryukyu
painting portrays a royal court setting
of the 19th century which is in a typical Chinese
style of Ming Dynasty, by then, sadly however,
the Ming had long gone and China was under Manchu
occupation and Chinese were forced to convert
to a pigtail hairdo and a bamboo stem-shaped
Ryukyu King's official robe worn when
the king attended the daily morning court meeting.
The royal robe has a similar style, embroidered pattens
and background colour to the Ming emperor's imperial
When after the WWII the US demanded to set up military bases
in Japan, Japanese government readily offered 20% of Ryukyu
land and deliberately turned a blind eye on what Pentagon
might do over there and generously relinquished its right
to ask the US to clean up any pollution the military
force might cause.
The Japanese governments, particularly the one that sighed
the Japan-US Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and the one currently
under the leadership of Shinzo Abe that is about to sigh
a new agreement to further expand the US military bases in
Ryukyu, may be only too happy to see Pentagon
contaminate the land with deadly chemical agents and permanently
harm the health of the native populations.
Japanese government did it in China through Unit
when they tried to take over Chinese land for themselves.
Those in the government may feel grateful for Pentagon actually
doing them a great favour in Ryukyu.