The bishop of Naha—Okinawa’s capital city—has called for the closure of US military bases in the Japanese prefecture.
“Japan has enjoyed peace for over 60 years, but the war has still not ended in Okinawa,” said Bishop Berard Toshio Oshikawa, a Conventual Franciscan.
Sometimes the concerns of bishops intersect with subjects outside of their “jurisdiction.” This is one such case.
That is not to say that the Bishop of Naha does not have the right to speak and voice a legitimate concern or request but rather it serves as an example that our faith must be the compass by which we live our lives.
Certainly, our presence in southern Japan is not appreciated by all even though it surely benefits US strategy in some fashion.