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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 23rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Okinawa Bar Owners Petition Governor To Get USFJ To End Alcohol Ban

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I never enjoy seeing people lose their livelihoods, but what did people on Okinawa expect was going to happen when it has gotten to the point that seems that every time a US servicemember passes gas in public it makes national headlines?

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese bar owners on Okinawa are urging the U.S. military to end its ban on off-base alcohol consumption, saying a steep drop-off in drinking among servicemembers is cutting deeply into their bottom lines.

Since the military imposed a nighttime curfew in October and later banned all off-base drinking on the island, 23 bars have shut down around the Marine Corps’ Camp Hansen alone, according to bar owners associations in Okinawa City and Kin, which filed a petition Tuesday seeking the island governor’s help in urging looser liberty rules.

That is about half of the bars and restaurants that specialize in selling alcohol to servicemembers around Camp Hansen, and other owners remain worried about their financial futures, said Munehito Yamagawa, a member of the Kin Bar Owner’s Association who owns bars outside Camp Hansen’s main gate. [Stars and Stripes]

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  • guitard
    6:11 pm on February 23rd, 2013 1

    but what did people on Okinawa expect was going to happen when it has gotten to the point that seems that every time a US servicemember passes gas in public it makes national headlines?

    I’m sure that some of the “noise” about GI misbehavior does come from locals who are genuinely disgruntled. But don’t discount the influence of professional left-wing nut job organizers. Their livelihood depends on the “noise” level.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:24 pm on February 23rd, 2013 2

    If only the military and bar owners had kept the party mostly in the villes, like in past times, we wouldn’t be having all the problems we currently have to deal with in Korea and Oki.

  • Baek In-je
    8:29 pm on February 23rd, 2013 3

    That’s an excellent point, General. Does anyone know if Hongdae is still off-limits to military personal?

  • kushibo
    11:49 pm on February 23rd, 2013 4

    Guitard wrote:

    I’m sure that some of the “noise” about GI misbehavior does come from locals who are genuinely disgruntled. But don’t discount the influence of professional left-wing nut job organizers. Their livelihood depends on the “noise” level.

    I’ve made a similar point about professional anti-American groups. Chinboistas in Korea are reportedly connected with their counterparts in Okinawa and even Guam.

    As you noted, however, these groups with ulterior motives are exploiting incidents that may be the source of legitimate disgruntlement by non-chinboistas, and that should be remembered.

  • guitard
    12:42 am on February 24th, 2013 5

    kushibo wrote:

    Chinboistas in Korea are reportedly connected with their counterparts in Okinawa and even Guam.

    You forgot Germany.

    The guys at the very top of the professional agitator list get what amount to all-expense payed vacations to visit and exchange strategies with their counterparts in others countries where anti-American groups thrive. A fair amount of prestige is associated with this and they will do just about anything to keep that status. The easiest way to do it is simply to always be at the forefront of anti-American issues. I dare say, some of these guys really don’t care about or even believe in some of the things against which they are leading the protest. They just do it for the status and the perks. And when you think about it – if the top item on your resume is “professional agitator,” what else are you qualified to do . . . and who is going to hire you anyway?

  • Leon LaPorte
    12:46 am on February 24th, 2013 6

    5. So that’s where Jimmy Carter gets money.

  • Yoyo
    4:21 am on February 24th, 2013 7

    Hongdae is NOT off-limits to US military.

    Some clubs there expressly prohibit SM from entering, but the township itself is not on the USFK off-limits list.

  • Denny
    7:29 am on February 26th, 2013 8

    Two U.S. sailors ADMIT raping Okinawan woman

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/two-u-s-sailors-admit-raping-okinawan-woman

    Two U.S. sailors on Tuesday admitted raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa last October, news reports said, in a case that generated huge anti-American anger on the strategically vital island.

    Okinawa is the reluctant host of more than half of the 47,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan. The rape provoked outrage and led to a nationwide curfew on all American military personnel in Japan.

    Despite the curfew, misconduct involving US servicemen, much of it drunken, has continued to fuel anti-U.S. sentiment in communities with bases.

  • Smokes
    2:43 pm on February 26th, 2013 9

    Yeah denny you posted this already in another thread. We get it, you don’t like US servicemembers, go back to posting on JapanToday with the rest of your netouyu buddies.

    And I was just starting to enjoy Tom’s silence now we got this asshat.

 

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