Regions / Japan
The "Okinawa problem" has emerged as a crucial bone of contention, not only between the US and Japanese governments but between the people of Okinawa and both governments.
On September 7 Japanese patrol boats intercepted a Chinese fishing trawler near Kubashima, one of the Senkaku [Chinese: Diaoyu] Islands in the East China Sea.
According to a 2006 report, 14 of the 38 most valuable large bases in the world are concentrated in Japan.
The dispute over the U.S. base in Okinawa continues to bedevil the U.S.-Japan alliance.
In the jungles of northern Okinawa, protests against planned U.S. helipads reach a crisis point.
The conflict over an aging U.S. military base in Okinawa has not gone away. Rather, it illustrates the very different ideas that Washington and Tokyo have about their alliance.
On September 7 an incident occurred in which a Chinese trawler tried to shake off a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat that pursued it to investigate illegal operations at sea fifteen kilometers from Kubajima of the Senkaku Islands of Okinawa prefecture.
The U.S. military base in Okinawa is at the forefront of three Japanese elections this year.
World attention through the early months of 2010 focused on the tiny hamlet of Henoko in Northern Okinawa as Prime Minister Hatoyama struggled to find a way to meet his (and the Democratic Party of Japan's) electoral commitment to see that no substitute for the existing Futenma Marine Air Station be constructed in Okinawa.
In the raging currents of world history, the framework of Cold War-style "alliance diplomacy" has reached its limit.