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Sakurai Kunitoshi is a member of the Okinawan Environmental Network, a professor and former president of Okinawa University, and a councilor for the Japan Society for Impact Assessment. This article first appeared in the March 2012 issue of Sekai. For earlier essays at this site see his “Okinawan Bases, the United States and Environmental Destruction,” November 10, 2008 and “The Fatally Flawed EIS Report,” January 7, 2012. This article was published in Sekai March 2012.