unfortunately, what they are talking about is moving the marines from Okinawa to Guam. don't think it will be good for us, or for japan in the long run, but that's what they think they want. better for Guam and their/our economy. no point in pumping money into a country that wants us gone.Germany was kicking around the same thing until they ran the numbers. quick change of mind . we have turned over some things to them, or hired Germans to work in places like the hospital. that makes them kind of happy.
When I served in the Army during the Vietnam War I spent some time in northern Japan, we employed a good number of Japanese nationals on base as houseboys/girls, secretaries, at the Commisary, etc. We did the same thing in Turkey as well as SE Asia. In fact, the Military employs a good number of local nationals at every base located on foreign soil. My son spent a 2 year tour in Okinawa and told me things hadn't changed, there were a lot of Japanese nationals working on the various US Military bases.
There is a large peace movement in Japan, so mabe Japan will be willing to forego all the American Dollars that US Military bases bring. in. But I think it is more focused on the Marine Corps, don't we all remember the various incidents of marines being accused of raping young puyings (girls). I seem to recall at least one incident for each decade of the 60s, 70s, 80s, & 90s.