From the Associated Press a few minutes ago:
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has backtracked on his campaign promise to close the U.S. Marine base in Okinawa.
Hatoyama had pledged to close the base but now says he’s decided to keep Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the strategically important island, which is close to Taiwan and the Chinese mainland and not far from the Korean peninsula.
There is likely a correlation between this reversal on the part of Mr. Hatoyama and a restive and increasingly bellicose North Korea.
Glad cooler heads prevailed, for now. Much as they might not like us there, they must have evaluated things and realized they would rather have us than not have us.
Realpolitik trumps domestic politics. This time.
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