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Unformatted text preview: SDI 2010 Japan Aff Crowe/Hammond/Schirmer Index 1 **1AC** The Plan The United States federal government should withdraw its Marine Corps from Japan. 2 SDI 2010 Japan Aff Crowe/Hammond/Schirmer Advantage One: The Alliance First, relations decline is inevitable the alliance is coming under fire due to US assertiveness in Okinawa Associated Press 10 [ US-Japan security alliance strained by base decision, other pressures on its 50th anniversary Published June 22, 2010 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/06/22/japan-security-alliance- strained-base-decision-pressures-th-anniversary/ Date Accessed: 6/28/10] But while the alliance is one of the strongest Washington has anywhere in the world, it has come under intense pressure lately over a plan to make sweeping reforms that would pull back roughly 8,600 Marines from Okinawa to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. The move was conceived in response to opposition on Okinawa to the large U.S. military presence there more than half of the U.S. troops in Japan are on Okinawa, which was one of the bloodiest battlefields of World War II. Though welcomed by many at first, the relocation plan has led to renewed Okinawan protests over the U.S. insistence it cannot be carried out unless a new base is built on Okinawa to replace one that has been set for closing for more than a decade. A widening rift between Washington and Tokyo over the future of the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station was a major factor in the resignation of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama earlier this month. It could well plague Kan as well . And, mounting anti-american activism will eventually topple the alliance Doug Bandow 20 10 , is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Vice President of Policy for Citizen Outreach, June 18th, 2010 [Get Out of Japan, National Interest Online, June 18th, 2010, available online at http://www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=23592, accessed June 28, 2010] Moreover , there is talk of activists mounting a campaign of civil disobedience . Public frustration is high : in mid-May, a human chain of 17,000 surrounded Futenma. Local government officials oppose the relocation plan and would hesitate to use force against protestors. Naoto Kan could find himself following his predecessor into retirement if he forcibly intervened . Even a small number of demonstrators would embarrass U.S. and Japanese officials alike . Moreover, Washingtons high-handedness may eventually convince the Japanese people that their nation must stop being an American protectorate . It may be convenient to be defended by the worlds superpower, but self-respect matters too. Tokyo has essentially given up control over its own territory to satisfy dictates from Washington. That is a high price to pay for U.S. protection....
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