"U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he is open to the idea of both Japan and South Korea developing their own nuclear weapons and would be willing to withdraw U.S. troops from their soil, the New York Times reported in its online edition Saturday.
In an interview with the major U.S. newspaper, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination said that allowing the two countries to have their own nuclear arsenal would reduce pressure in the United States to come to their defense against North Korea and China.
Asked if he would consider removing troops from Japan and South Korea unless the two countries paid more to cover the costs of housing and feeding them, Trump said “yes.” “I would not do so happily, but I would be willing to do it,” the New York businessman and billionaire said."
Since the trick of recycling US IOUs for triple A rated IOUIOUs doesn't work anymore (1, 2 ,3), the US is in a desperate search for a justification for what it does to over 80 countries of the world.
How sick the response of so called economists to this problem is, can be seen here.
No wonder that characters like Donald resort to what the mafia calls Schutzgelderpressung.
By the way, the majority of japanese people would be more than happy if the US military would leave its territory. But it is the japanese 1% who has build its power on this unsustainable arrangement and therefore will do everything to keep it going.