Trump Wants Japan to Pay For US Military Presence

Should Japan pay the US for its military presence?

Should Japan pay the US for its military presence?

Businessman and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has been receiving significant media attention for his provocative comments, which have so far garnered him both growing support and harsh condemnation. Now the likely GOP nominee is making headlines overseas as well.

During the most recent GOP debate in Texas, Trump expressed his desire to increase the amount Japan pays for the cost of maintaining an American military presence in their country. The U.S. currently has 50,000 troops deployed throughout Japan across 109 bases, most of which are located in Okinawa.

On 2ch, many users thought Trump’s statement was ridiculous. However, a few users saw this as a potential opportunity for Japan to take a more active role in its own national defense.

From Yomiuri Shimbun:

“Trump Under Fire, Fierce Debate Rages Over Cost of U.S. Military in Japan

(Washington = Imai Takashi, Los Angeles = Tahara Tokuyo)
At the 10th televised debate for Republican Party presidential nominees, which was held in Texas on February 25th, premiere real estate king Donald Trump (Age 69) came under heavy fire from his opponents.

Media outlets such as U.S. newspaper The Washington Post started criticizing him harshly, but there is plenty of analysis that indicates “the attacks began too late” (Wall Street Journal) and that Trump’s lead will remain unchanged by “Super Tuesday”, the climactic preliminary round that occurs on March 1st.

In the debate, Mr. Trump stated that he seeks to increase the financial burden
of U.S. military stationed in Japan, saying, “Japan can’t do things like protect Korea”. When Senator Marco Rubio (Age 44) explained that Japan shoulders part of the cost and raised doubts by saying, “If we walk away from them, both Japan and South Korea will become nuclear weapons powers”, Trump raised his voice and said, “I never said walk away. I want [Japan] to pay us much more money”.

Comments from 2ch:

急所攻撃(庭)@\(^o^)/:

He makes Bush look sane.

アイアンフィンガーフロムヘル(九州地方)@\(^o^)/:

This guy seems like he’ll make a really troublesome president.

目潰し(SB-iPhone)@\(^o^)/:

But Japan will probably end up paying.

グロリア(大分県)@\(^o^)/:


I didn’t think America was this stupid.

イス攻撃(大分県)@\(^o^)/ :


The time has come for Japan to break free from the postwar regime and return to the path of self-governance. w

バックドロップ(香港)@\(^o^)/:

He doesn’t understand the purpose of having U.S. military in Japan.
He should study some Post-WWII history.

中年’sリフト(広島県)@\(^o^)/ :

Cut ties with America!
There’s no need to continue our alliance if this guy is president.

トペ スイシーダ(佐賀県)@\(^o^)/:

Just a little while ago he said he was dropping out. He’s a real flip-flopper.

テキサスクローバーホールド(大阪府)@\(^o^)/:

The world’s police have suddenly turned into robbers.

ダブルニードロップ(SB-iPhone)@\(^o^)/:

Then we’ll kick the American soldiers out and get nuclear weapons.

ニーリフト(熊本県)@\(^o^)/:

Trump is probably saying what America is thinking.
Japan needs to wake up now.

シューティングスタープレス(チベット自治区)@\(^o^)/ :

My interpretation is that Trump’s saying he’ll help Japan become a normal, independent nation.

キドクラッチ(兵庫県)@\(^o^)/:

With Trump as president, Japan can truly become independent.

ジャンピングDDT(新疆ウイグル自治区)@\(^o^)/:

How much does he want us to pay?
Like 10 trillion?

魔神風車固め(東京都)@\(^o^)/ :

I think he’ll change his tune once he becomes president.

ウエスタンラリアット(やわらか銀行)@\(^o^)/:

Is there some rule that allows only clowns to run in American elections?
All members of both the Republican and Democratic parties are wackos.

チェーン攻撃(茸)@\(^o^)/ :

If you don’t like it then leave.
It would be better to have nuclear weapons rather than be talked to like this and told to pay more.

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  • sui-sui

    Trump is a national embarrassment. and that’s saying a lot for America.

    • scanner

      no he isn’t U go Trump!!!!!!! “Make Amurica Great again!”

  • Korean

    Okinawa saying Goodbye US Troops.

    • Tomas 21

      Well that’s a start. If Korea and Japan can settle their old differences the West is going to really have to get their act together. I think that is a great possibility because now both leaders were not only born after WWII but after the Korean War as well. As far as China is concerned I don’t think most Americans understand the relationship between both Korea and Japan to China. Attitudes in East Asia are changing and for the better.

      • PeninsulaMSN

        Reality is that China and Taiwan both of them does not want Korea and Japan get close Politically, Economically, and Military. This is a major reason China wants North Korea as buffer zone, Taiwan government with Japan fascist groups joins hands spread hate / Anti- Korean messages in Japan. China and Taiwan main goal is Korean Peninsula systematic disunity among Koreans and with Koreans and Japanese. China and Taiwan will gain nothing from Korea and Japan joins hands and forms North East Asia Korea-Japan ( Political, Economic, Military) Power. This is just China and Taiwan Heart attack!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tomas 21

          Certainly Taiwan will get nothing out of that deal. Taiwan also wants to keep the US in the region and that no one else is too happy about. There is no equality with the US. Ask the Japanese about that one.
          Both Park and Abe are making an effort to improve relations. The right wing in both of those countries is annoying but at this point not a major problem. What China can get from a more unified East Asia remains to be seen. The main thing is for both Japan and ROK is to diminish US presence in their respective countries. The US will resist this but their clout isn’t what it was even 10 years ago.

          • TypeKing

            Taiwan is Japan brown noser!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Claude

    The US military can fuck off to the Philippines. Japan has hosted them for far too long. Korea and the Philippines is presence enough for America. Sayonara.

    • Seoulite

      Korea is saying Fuck off to you. Not US troops.

      • Claude

        I don’t live in Korea or have any interest in living in Korea. This is Japancrush. You need to work on your reading comprehension. Have you considered a private English teacher? I’m sure you can find a native speaker in Korea.

        • Peninsula

          Read what you wrote asshole. Japan crush or Japan related topic or not. Native English or not. You need to consider reading comprehension and learn from Native English Teacher. There are many people like you in Japan. Who simply do not know how to speak or write English.

          • Alex _

            Oh, look. Said the guy, who can barley put a coherent sentence.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            STFU. You little Thick Headed Dunce Fruit cake. Go make yourself a sentence for your ” Thick Headed” entertainment. Stupid Euro-Disneyland fairly tale flag

          • Alex _

            No, you go make a fucking sentence. I guess those gulag-like Hakwons in Korea aren’t really helping you for shit with your english.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Euro-White Trash flag faggot. Go Eat yourself.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Go chop your head German Fascist Fucker

          • Alex _

            Shut the fuck up, you fucktarded gook.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Albino German Fascist Fucker need to Shut the Fuck Up!!!!!!!

          • PeninsulaMSN

            White Fag, go FCK yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Alex _

            No, you go fuck yourself tarded Asian drone.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Euro Disney Faggot. Go Fuck yourself White trash drone.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself,

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Go chop your idiotic looking german head. Stupid fascist fucking fucker.

          • Alex _

            Shut the fuck up, you fucktard gook.

          • Alex _

            Go ”FCK” yourself gook.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            German Fascist Fuck!!!! FUCK YOU!!!!!!

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself. Piece of shit…

          • PeninsulaMSN

            German Trump piece of shit. Go back to Germany asshole. You are not American Republican or Democrat. You are German Fascist Psycho path!!!!!! Albino looking faggot who have not sceen a sun for years!!!!! Homeboy faggot.

  • Kepler

    There is no reason for the U.S. to continue stationing troops in Japan. All they are doing is causing more trouble for the region.

    • Seoulite

      Go and ask Cluade. Person has typical Fucking Mind of spoiled US GI brat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Claude

        I’m Canadian.

        • Peninsula

          STFU. All stupid white American idiots call themselves Canadian make themselves feel liberal or who simply cannot fight their out of American made political mess around the world.

          • Alex _

            No, you shut the fuck up. US will order Japan to pay more for their own fucking protection, if necessary. China could blow Japan to pieces, had it not been for 10 US aircraft carriers.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Toilet paper. STFU. You little bias FCK!!!!!!!!!!!! Go back to your little Euro- Disneyland and Jerk Off at Magic Mountain You DUMB FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Alex _

            No, You shut the fuck up Korea tard. Your country only exits because of USA.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Euro- White trash faggot, go wipe yourself asshole.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself. Piece of shit.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Your describe yourself German Fascist fat fuck!!!!!! I said go fuck yourself.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself. Piece of shit.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Go get yourself suntan. Albino Faggot Fuck!!!!!!

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Stupid German Euro Disney Fuck. Take yourself a BUFU ride asshole. Type of ride you belong!!!!!

          • Alex _

            You are literally fucking using sock accouts. Tard.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            You German Gook Psycho path need spell correct. You idiotic fucktard. It is ” account” not written “accouts”. You Dumb German Fascist Albino Fuck!!!!! GO BACK TO Germany learn English!!!!You fucking fat drinking albino fascist fuck!!!

  • Seoulite

    I visited Okinawa. Okinawa is America. Not Japan.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    Trump is a textbook narcissist. Believes he can do no wrong, if something does go wrong it’s someone else’s fault, he lashes out at those close to him if things go wrong, has no sense of shame, and will demean others if at anytime he feels vulnerable.

    Sad thing is politics is the perfect place for people like him to flourish. They crave attention, and people are all too willing to give it when you run for something like the presidency.

    • commander

      What is interesting in American politics is that although the GOP estabishment thinks of Trump’s surge with remarkable staying power as shocking and unbelievable (using Trump’s terminology, “disasterous”), no one has expressed displeasure or frusteation publicly with voters who cast ballot for Trump at Republican primaries.

      Trump’s persistent popularity is a reflection of what Republican electorate wants. Or it is a mirror of the reality where there is no sensible GOP presidential hopefuls with appeals that can trump the politcal firebrand’s divisive campaign tactics.

  • Claude

    Hey, japanprobe.com is back. For those who can sustain a grown up conversation, take a look.

  • KP167

    Donald Trump is German Fascist.

    • Alex _

      Shut the fuck up, moron.

      • PeninsulaMSN

        Toilet paper go flush yourself. You Moron.

        • Alex _

          Go fuck yourself Korean faggot.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Euro-Disney faggot go fck yourself.

          • Alex _

            Shut the fuck up gook.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Euro Disney German Fascist Fucker go Fuck yourself.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself. Piece of shit..

          • PeninsulaMSN

            German Fascist trash. Go get a “Suntan” . Albino Faggot Fuck!!!!!

          • PeninsulaMSN

            White trash faggot, show me how you fuck yourself.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            German trash go fuck yourself and die. Stupid garbage bum.

          • Alex _

            Shut the fuck up, you fucktard.

          • PeninsulaMSN

            Go fuck yourself German faggot.

          • Alex _

            Go fuck yourself Korean fucktard. Korea only fucking managed to develop from a shithole that it was, thanks to Germany.

      • PeninsulaBrawl

        Typical Euro-White Trash!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Fck Yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Alex _

          No, you go fuck yourself Asian tard.

          • PeninsulaBrawl

            Go chop off your head. Burn your stupid idiot Euro- Disneyland white trash flag. While you doing it too yourself. Go Fuck Yourself. You white toilet paper faggot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Alex _

            No, you go fucking kill yourself, you autistic, illiterate, Korean fucktard.

          • TypeKing

            Take BUFU ride pubic shaved faggot. Type of ride you belong. Only German fascist fuck psychopath like you describe people by saying autistic and illiterate. YOU Dumb lousy CUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Alex _

            Shut the fuck up, you fucktard.

          • Alex _

            Gook trash Korean fucktard. Go fucking kill yourself. Piece of shit. fucktard.

          • PeninsulaBrawl

            STFU. Gook means Phillipines asshole!!!!!

          • PeninsulaBrawl

            Go fuck yourself. German Fascist albino fuck!!!!!!

  • Rinz

    So we essentially got an admission from the Republicans that the US military is in Japan and Korea not to protect those countries, but to prevent them from becoming powerful enough to defend themselves thus become no longer reliant on America and unable to challenge its hegemony. I mean, sure that’s obvious to anyone with half a brain in the first place, but I digress.
    And yet Japanese and Koreans will still worship Americans and thank them for their occupying them. I really don’t get these people.

  • Best_Reviews

    I think this is a good thing, unless you feel better protected by foreign occupation forces from 75 years ago.But I think after 75 years, Japan can again stand as an independent nation with control over its own military as an equal. Wouldn’t you agree? If not, and you demand that the foreign occupation forces remain longer, then you should see money paid for those foreign forces as money well spent,.

  • Miyazaki Saburou

    If Japan pay for it, the US forces have to work not for US but for us (Japanese).

  • Tomas 21

    The US has 85 military installations in Japan along with some 55000 troops. This is still in the eyes of many an occupying force and Korea has 30000 troops with 46 installations. These troops are not there to protect Japan and Korea, they are there to protect American hegemony in East Asia. It’s time for them to go home. The US has to get rid of the paranoia neither Japan nor Korea is going to pay for the bases any more than Mexico is going to pay for the Great Wall of Dfumpf. The US troops in Japan, especially Okinawa and Korea are behaving badly and giving the US a worse name than they already have. Most Americans have no idea about East Asia and don’t really care. That’s a shame because living in the 1960’s does not do anything at all for the countries in the region nor the US. If you want to know a little more about the occupied countries of Japan and Korea try reading some books by authors from the region instead of depending only on US news sources . A great place to start might be a small volume, easy to read, called “The Japan That Can Say “No”. By Morita and Ishihara. Although the book is 20 years old it is a book like Eugene Burdick’s “The Ugly American” Which is older even that Morita’s book but both are still applicable to the Asian world today.

    • dusjanbe

      Sure keep the wet dream for yourself. No matter how obnoxious America is, the neighbouring China and North Korea are a multifold annoyance for Asian countries.

      To get rid of America in Asia you need to get rid of the Kim dynasty in North Korea and China to change their foreign policy in Asia, that will take many more decades

      • Megdro

        You mean the dynasty with a million starving soldiers and out-dated Soviet-era equipment? You actually think a country which can’t even feed its OWN people seriously wants to conquer the whole Korean peninsula? THAT is what we call a dream.

        And let’s not forget who built up China’s economy, gave them their military secrets, and is now reliant on them loaning money and producing cheap garbage for their population. That’s right: the same country that wants the rest of Asia to be dependent on them. Good ol’ US of A.

        • Tomas 21

          The US doesn’t care about other countries. They are just protecting their own hegemony in Asia but most Asians can see right through that garbage. A 70 year occupation is not protection by any stretch of the imagination.

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