The Academy Award winning director of military blockbusters like “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July” denounced the U.S. presence in Japan during a recent visit there.
Oliver Stone called U.S. military bases in Japan “no longer necessary” during a discussion in Okinawa on Wednesday, Japan Daily Press reported. The event included a former Okinawa governor and other panelists on his trip that coincided with the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces, which ended World War II.
Japan Daily Press reported that Stone visited Okinawa to learn more about the military base issue on the island. He said he believes the U.S. wants to maintain its military bases in the region to look for new enemies, according to the news outlet.
Stars and Stripes reported that Stone even went as far as to say that Japan should disassociate itself from its defense agreement with the U.S. and further align itself with China.
This wasn’t the first time Stone shared his opinions on the way things should be in Japan.
Earlier this month, he urged Japanese youngsters to learn more about the Hiroshima bombing. He also called on the Japanese government to apologize for past wartime acts and said the country would be wise to avoid relying on military power in disputes with China or North Korea, JDP reported.