Sukumo Assembly members wishing to protest against the visit of the Aegis cruiser, the USS Lake Erie to the port of Sukumo. → To: The President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama
To: The President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama
To: Mr John V. Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
We wish to protest against the visit of the Aegis cruiser, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70), to the port of Sukumo.
We, the members of Sukumo Assembly, wish to protest against the visit of the Aegis cruiser, the USS Lake Erie (CG-70), to the port of Sukumo. The USS Lake Erie has refused to submit any guarantee or certification to confirm that it will not be carrying nuclear weapons during its visit to Sukumo port. We feel compelled to point out how this comes across as insulting and as a demonstration of arrogance. This country has suffered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki. Further, the U.S. hydrogen bomb testing at Bikini Atoll caused loss of life. We are deeply opposed to allowing any nuclear weapons into Japan. Further, we are committed to the future elimination of all nuclear weapons and a nuclear-free world; a position happily shared with the current U.S. administration. However, the U.S. government has refused to clarify whether nuclear weapons will be carried by the USS Lake Erie during its unwanted visit to Sukumo. This is not an act of friendship or of goodwill. Thus, we must protest against the visit of the USS Lake Erie, which we suspect is carrying nuclear weapons.
We are greatly concerned and angered by the fact that this visit by the USS Lake Erie is the third such visit within the space of only four years; the USS Russell (DDG-59) and the USS O’Kane (DDG-77) having already visited four years ago and two years ago respectively. This fact naturally leads us to suspect and fear that it is the intention of the U.S. government to use Sukumo as a permanent U.S. military base in the future. As can be seen in the case of Futenma base in Okinawa Prefecture, a U.S. presence means, amongst other things, low flying practice, touch-and-go landings at night, and additional forms of noise pollution, which, it should be noted, would not be tolerated on the U.S. mainland. Further, the manner in which U.S. service personnel committing crimes within Japan benefit from the protection of the extraterritoriality agreement is a source of grave concern. Unfortunately, these issues come across as displaying the same arrogance and lack of sensitivity towards the Japanese people as does the visit of the USS Lake Erie.
Japanese people are not subjects of the U.S. government.
We firmly reject any plan to turn Sukumo into a U.S. military base.
We request that you return to your home base of Pearl Harbor without stopping at Sukumo.
We demand in the strongest possible terms that visits by U.S. navy ships to Sukumo bay cease.
February 1st, 2010
Sukumo Assembly members wishing to protest against the visit of the Aegis cruiser, the USS Lake Erie to the port of Sukumo.