January 2011


Gates Says New Military Policy on
Gays Can Start Soon

 

Thom Shanker and Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
January 27, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that the military could be ready this year to carry out the repeal of a ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces, and that he has accelerated efforts to revise training and regulations.

“We don’t know how long it’ll take to train the entire force, but I’m confident we can get it done this year, and we’re shooting to get it done sooner rather than later,” Mr. Gates said late Wednesday as he flew to Ottawa for meetings with his Canadian counterpart. “We will move as fast as we responsibly can.”

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US military helicopters flying in Okinawa near the Futenma Air Base (PressTV)

Future of Okinawa Base Strains U.S. – Japanese Alliance

Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
January 24, 2010

The people of Okinawa and the U.S. Marine Corps agree on at least one thing: The Futenma Marine air station is a noisy dinosaur that needs to move elsewhere — and soon.

Smack in the middle of this densely packed city of 92,000 and taking up about a quarter of its land, the air base torments its neighbors with the howl of combat helicopters and the shudder of C-130 transport planes.

“The noise is unbearable,” said Harumi Chinen, principal of Futenma No. 2 Elementary School, where about 780 children study in buildings next to the airfield. “A school should be very comforting and safe. That is not the case here.”

To read the full story at the Washington Post web site, click here.

For additional reporting on the situation in Okinawa, click the links below.

Edano Visits Futenma Airfield,   The Japan Times Online,  January 23, 2011

F-15 Drills Moving to Guam from Okinawa,  The Yomiuri Shimbun,  January 21, 2011

Gates Eases Up on Okinawa Base Relocation,  UPI.com, January 14, 2011

Okinawa U.S. Marine Base Angers Residents and Governor,   Huffington Post, Stephen Nessen, January 4, 2011

Betsy Kawamura
usmvaw.com Guest Author

January 22, 2011

usmvaw.com is pleased to welcome Betsy Kawamura as a guest author to present her extensive piece on “A,” a survivor of gender-based violence (GBV).  ”A,” is an Asian American woman who had been subjected to gender-based violence as a young child in Okinawa in the early 1970’s by a Caucasian middle-aged male during the height of the Vietnam War.

Read Betsy’s article, The Journey of Recovering from Gender-Based Violence: The Ecstasy of Triumph and the Agony of Defeat on usmvaw.com by clicking here.