Protest Against U.S. Military Bases in Japan

Picture shows a demonstration of over 3,000 people rallying near a large U.S. air base in Ginowan City to demand the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Okinawa and Japan and to mark the 41 year anniversary of the end of direct U.S. military rule of the island of Okinawa.

The demonstration took place at the end of a three day march which began in the northern region of Okinawa where the Pentagon plans to open a new base as part of its global realignment of military forces.

From 1945 to 1972, the Japanese island of Okinawa was occupied and ruled directly by the U.S. military. Today, the U.S. maintains over 40,000 troops in Japan, with about three quarters stationed on the island of Okinawa.

The U.S. military occupation of Japan is not only a constant danger and threat to the Japanese people, but to the peoples throughout Asia. U.S. bases in Okinawa and Japan remain one of the principal means through which U.S. imperialism projects its military power in the region. Today especially, when the dangers of war are growing, both as a result of imperialism's implacable opposition to the demand of the oppressed nations and peoples for sovereignty and independence, as well as from the intensifying rivalries between the various imperialist powers themselves, the struggle of the Japanese people against U.S. military bases is an important part of the world-wide struggle against militarism and war.