July 10th, 2001
Honorary President of U.S. George W. Bush,
This is to require you to withdraw all the U.S. military bases from Okinawa.
Let us first make clear that we are enraged by the felonious sexual crime
commited by an Air Force personnel of your country on the morning of June
29th in Chatan Town in Okinawa. Let us also point out that you are responsible
for this rape.
We must tell you that this kind of incident was to be expected. You must
know the outburst of anger all over in Okinawa caused by the rape of a young
girl by three members of your Marine Corps in September, 1995. That, however,
did not change the way human rights, especially the rights of women in Okinawa
has been trampled. We have witnessed a repeated cases of felonious crimes,
sexual assaults, serial arson, hitting and run, intrusion into a civilian
house by a naked man all commited by U.S. soldiers. Each time we were promised
for an enforcement of strict official discipline, educational programs and
after all these we see the latest crime. All these promises were of no avail.
It was also made clear that no matter how many rhetorics may be used, the
U.S. Army can never be a "Good Neighbor" to our people of Okinawa.
On July 6th, the rape suspect was finally handed over to the Okinawa
police. Your government had refused to do this based upon the special previlege
allowed to your military personnel. You should know how this arrogance helped
to build up the anger of the Okinawan and us.
We first demand that you sincerely apologize to the victim woman and
pay sufficient compensation. You must, however, go further and withdraw all
the U.S. military forces from Okinawa.
As long as the U.S. bases continue to exist on Okinawa there would be
no end to the crimes commited by U.S. soldiers. The promise of realigment,
consolidation and reduction of U.S. military installations based upon the
SACO agreement is far from sufficient to solve the problems. Upon your inauguration
you made clear your hostility to China and contributed to mount the military
tension in Asia-Pacific regions. Your policy is unacceptable as it consolidates
the militarization of Okinawa.
There is no way except withdrawal of all the U.S. military bases from
Okinawa to solve the problem. Last month you have decided not to continue
the U.S. military drill on Vieques Island of Puerto Rico. You have then said
that the islanders of the Vieques did not want the U.S. army on their land.
The people of Okinawa do not want the U.S. military on their land either.
You must withdraw all the U.S. military bases from the Okinawa. As the supreme
leader of your country you should waste no time deciding the withdrawal.
The Kanto Chapter of Okinawa Anti-War Land Owners
Representative: Uehara Seishin