On the one side of their mouth, Okinawan politicians BEG for money from the U.S. and the mainland Japanese government. On the other side of their mouth, to win votes with OLD and XENOPHOBIC Okinawans, they will talk against the U.S. and Japanese government.
Okinawa is among the poorest districts in Japan. The U.S. military and the Japanese government are the number 1 and number 2 employers of Okinawans. If the U.S. military bases got up and left, the Okinawan UNemployment rate would be near 50%(to include affected businesses).
Furthermore, Okinawa could develop itself to be a tourist spot like Hawaii or port for business like Hong Kong, but instead backwards and dumb Okinawan politicians have hurt their own people.
Okinawa is perceived as so backwards, racist, and xenophobic that they get little tourism. It is cheaper to fly to Okinawa than ever before, but mainland Japanese still will NOT come because of the Okinawan attitude and unfriendliness.
Okinawa = waste of potential and backwardness