At first, Ohta said, some local people objected to the U.S. radar site. They were afraid the high- powered radio frequencies would interfere with crops and cell phones. Now, he says, most local people are no longer worried about it.
Hunter wonders how long the isolation will last. He laughed to himself on a recent day when a tour bus rolled through the area.
He doubts it will become a tourist site, though. If it did, he says, it would certainly intensify the mission of keeping the site safe and secure, of making sure the radar is searching the skies for missiles carrying nuclear or chemical warheads.
And, in another way, it would tarnish the charm of Shariki.