90 U.S. Bases & Facilities in Okinawa & Japan: "Burden" or Sociopathology? Hatoyama apologizes to Okinawan People for carrying out U.S. demands
In a role better suited to a dysfunctional co-dependent than a head-of-state, Prime Minister Hatoyama is visiting Okinawa to try to make excuses for the U.S. addiction to military bases.
The U.S.-Japan insistance upon a proposed military base in Henoko, Okinawa--despite fourteen years of Okinawan democratic opposition; a U.S. federal court ruling on behalf of the dugong; and global environmentalist and democratic activist outcries--is akin to sociopathology, as well as militarism addiction. Researcher Robert Hare describes sociopaths as "intraspecies predators" who "use charisma, manipulation, intimidation...and violence" to control others and to satisfy their own needs. Sociopathic behavior lacks empathy and violates social norms without guilt or remorse. What is missing are the qualities that allow enable social harmony.
Satoko Norimatsu reports at the Peace Philosophy Centre Blog:
Nakaima responded merely by asking the Prime Minister to receive the Okinawan's voice sincerely and to try to reduce the burden of Okinawans and to eliminate the danger of Futenma Air Station.
Hatoyama arrived in Naha in a Self Defense Force aircraft at 9 AM, and went to pay tribute at the cemetery for the war-dead in Itoman City before he met with the Governor.
On the afternoon of the same day, he is scheduled to visit an elementary school near Futenma to talk to citizens, then to Nago, to meet with the anti-base mayor Inamine and to visit Camp Schwab...
Only 9 days after the historic rally in which Okinawans once again opposed to a new base, a plan to build a brand-new Marine air station over the pristine ocean off Henoko is announced, just like that.
At the Itoman cemetery, what did Hatoyama have to tell the dead souls of Okinawans and their unborn children