Politics & International Relations 25

TOPIC

Is there a need for US military presence in Asia?

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 Since the US military in Japan is the largest scale of those in Asian countries, I would like to talk about Japan as representative of Asian countries, and I believe there are so many problems that US military should not be present in Japan.
 Firstly, US military bases cause so much pollution such as incessant noise from airplanes, plane and helicopter crash, destruction of coral reefs, deforestation by defoliant, and so on. This is unforgivable because the earth is not only for human beings.
 Secondly, soldiers committed many violent crimes and rapes, and the perpetrators have not been punished as strictly as Japanese criminals because American soldiers, even felons, are protected by U.S. - Japan Status of Forces Agreement. Unless American soldiers in Japan are punished by Japanese law, the number of crimes by American soldiers will not decrease, and thus US military force should not be present.
 Finally, Japan is not a colony of the United States, but an independent country, and it renounces to wage war and declares not to use military forces as means to solve international disputes. Therefore the US military presence is totally against Japanese pacifist principle.
 In conclusion, for these aforementioned reasons, US military presence is not necessary in Asia.

メモ

米軍がアジアに在駐する必要性はあるか?です。
知識不足のため、私にはかなり難しく、何も見ないで書く段階では、まったくアイディアが浮かんできませんでした。
そして、調べながら書く段階で、色々な資料に目を通してから書きました。
こういう様々な問題が挙がっているトピックは、反対派の意見のほうが遥かに書きやすいと思いますので、よほど、賛成派として強い意見を自分で持っていない限り、「試験」としては、反対派の意見を書くほうが、楽ですね。