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Peter Hill
Department: International Relations
Year: Sophomore
Class: IR 309

Constant Compromise- Examining the Okinawa-Japan-U.S. Triangle

While other U.S. allies such as Korea and the Philippines have been able to dramatically reduce the United States base presence in their territories, Okinawa has not been able to make the same push back. The Japanese government constrains the Okinawan non-state actor by negotiating for them in order to satisfy mainland security interests. Yet the traumas that have been created by the American military bases have enabled the Okinawan non-state actor to carry an anti-militarist sentiment that constrains Japan from ignoring local interests when carving new military expansion deals with Washington. By electing important local actors, these non-state actors have been able to turn a once linear alliance into a triangular ordeal. This paper explores what factors drive the Okinawan non-state actor and which variables put pressure on the conservative mainland Japanese government to not comply with Washington’s base expansion wishes.