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Say, how would you feel about having a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy aicraft carrier parked in your backyard? Not too peachy, eh? Now imagine how the nuclear-phobic Japanese citizens residing near the Yokosuka naval base must be feeling about the imminent arrival of USS George Washington in their town, this August... So what does Uncle Sam do to ease their minds? He puts out a propagandistic manga, go figure!

In an alleged attempt to explain its mission to Japanese youngsters, the U.S. Navy has printed a manga about life aboard the 'Washington aircraft carrier, titled "CVN-73" (like the ship's hull number). The story itself is not new, but now Stars and Stripes (via ANN) reports that the 200-page manga is ready for distribution, as 30,000 copies have already been printed by Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ).
"We're not trying to lie or state false facts. We're simply putting several key aspects of the George Washington in a format that is widely accepted in Japan", [CNFJ spokesman] Waterman said.

Sure, sure, neither was Bill Clinton trying to lie or state false facts about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Anyway, politics aside... yaaay, free manga! More about it below.

"The manga's story follows Ohara, an American of Japanese descent, aboard his first aircraft carrier. While all of the information about the ship and Navy particulars are accurate, the story is "a little Hollywood" in that Ohara seems to work in all of the ship's divisions to give a general overview of carrier life, Waterman said.

Ohara gets seasick, knocks his knees on ladders and gets into trouble for eating food stolen from the mess hall. His mentor is Petty Officer 1st Class Elly Benton, a strong female character who, Waterman hopes, will resonate with Japanese women.

While mixing in excitement and drama, the manga avoids flashpoint issues like the George Washington's nuclear power plant or liberty incidents, Waterman said."
anonymouswrote on May 24, 2008 at 00:25
Would it be impolitic to point out that the link you have to "liberty incidents" does not talk about occurrences while off-duty, but rather to an accident regarding the USS Liberty?
Stokkywrote on May 24, 2008 at 02:45
Don't know about "impolitic", but it's a perfectly valid point. I just wasn't sure what the original article was talking about - the USS Liberty thingie, or about the US troops from Japan raping the native lolis.
Barbarawrote on May 25, 2008 at 02:27
Anyone know how to get a copy of the CVN-73 Manga book from the U.S. Navy?
Stokkywrote on May 25, 2008 at 15:50
I assume you'd have to live in or around Yokosuka to get it, since the article said something about CNFJ still having to discuss distribution with the city of Yokosuka. But it should make its way online eventually.
Stokkywrote on May 26, 2008 at 19:41
...aaand another lawsuit filed against the docking of the nuclear carrier:
anonymouswrote on May 30, 2008 at 06:54
it should be a link to liberty incidents, some of us (US Navy sailors) shouldn't be allowed over in Japan, though overall it's pretty good. Most of the bumblefucks are the Marines in Okinawa.

I'm going to need to find this manga when we pull back in to Yokosuka
Stokkywrote on Jun 6, 2008 at 17:10
For now I removed the link, to avoid further confusion. I looked around briefly, but didn't find an article summarizing the more-actual liberty incidents - if you know of any, I could put back the correct link.
anonymouswrote on Jun 8, 2008 at 03:36
I'm from the George Washington and I've never even heard of this manga until now. I'd really like to get my hands on it.
RightCowLeftCoastwrote on Jun 23, 2008 at 07:21
Given the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan it is only appropriate that the United States continue to assist in Japan's national defese by continuing to station a carrier at Yokosuka. However, politics aside, I would greatly enjoy reading this manga.
Stokkywrote on Jun 23, 2008 at 15:51
The manga can be read online, see the last paragraph from this news round-up:
anonymouswrote on Nov 25, 2008 at 21:52
I'd like a supercarrier in my backyard. You'd have to be a real special kind of crazy to mess with one of those.
Revolationwrote on Mar 18, 2009 at 21:14
The manga is free and translated on a PDF file on the USS george washington website
Robwrote on Dec 23, 2009 at 19:54
FYI, the manga is available in PDF (english and japananese) here:

Also, having a carrier in your back yard is pretty cool.
anonymouswrote on Oct 24, 2010 at 17:19
Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the backyard? No biggie since Japan is, after all, a country where many people have a nuclear-powered power plant in their backyards, whose addresses don't begin with "USS."

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