In southern Japan there is an island called Okinawa. Ryukyu is the previous name of this island before the Japanese invaded in the 17th century.

During World War Ⅱ, Okinawa was sacrificed to protect the Japanese mainland. At that time, the majority Okinawans were Japanised in an education system, forcefully taught a loyalty to Japanese Emperor. In 1945 the U.S. brutally invaded Okinawa — the ”Storm of Iron" — and took the lives of 1 out of 4 Okinawan people.

From 1945 to 1972, the island was ruled by the US Military government. Okinawa became a lawless area. In 1972, the island was returned to Japanese hands.

In July, 2014, both the Japanese and US governments started the construction of a new U.S. military base to have a new base in Henoko, although 20% of the island is already occupied by US Bases. Henoko is the site of beautiful Oura bay. The government plans to landfill Oura bay, an area of unusual of marine bio-diversity where endangered species live.

In June, 2015 opinion poll shows that 80% of Okinawan people oppose the construction of the base. In protest, the people have built a permanent community of tents in front of Camp Schwab, a US Marine Corps base, and we are there every day around the clock. Opposition includes the prefectural government of Okinawa and many national and local representatives in Okinawa are our side.

On 13th、October, 2015
A governor of Okinawa revoked a permission of reclamation which was signed by Previous governor.

The dispute over the new U.S.base's construction in Henoko between Tokyo & Okinawa is set to develop into a court battle.

4th March, 2016
the government of Japan and the Okinawa prefectural government reached a settle ment for lawsuits filed over the plan move U.S.Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko.

At the moment, All constructions in Henoko has stopped.
Until the Japanese Government violently restart again.

11th July 2016
While the Henoko is stop, Japanese government suddenly re-started TAKAE helipads Construction.
More than 500 riot police has been sent from main land.
Beautiful Rain forest's village has become a chaotic situation.

The determined people won't give up.

This blog is to spread the message and to tell the story of our non-violent daily action.


2015年11月10日火曜日

10, Nov, 2015 492days, since the sit in started in front of Camp Schwab

10,Nov,2015

Early morning, about 100 people gathered to stop construction vehicles.

Riot polices removed the people.

Likely, Ministry of land will sue to high court against Okinawa prefecture on 16th.

Okinawa government and Japanese government are going to trial.

Editorial: Now that Governor Onaga has filed an objection, the central government’s inconsistencies must be scrutinized

From Ryukyushimpo Okinawan paper

The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism ordered a stay of execution of Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the permit authorizing land reclamation in order to build a new base in Henoko as part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. In response, the Okinawa prefectural government filed for a review of the government’s action with the Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes. The events to come will say a great deal about the state of justice in Japan.

Doubts have arisen as to the fairness of workings within the Japanese government, and this issue will become a barometer to test precisely that. Needless to say, the government’s order for a stay of execution brought the issue of fairness to light.

After Governor Onaga revoked the land reclamation permit, the Okinawa Defense Bureau (ODB) filed an appeal requesting administrative review with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) based on the Administrative Appeals Act. Upon receiving the appeal, MLIT minister Keiichi Ishii ordered a stay of execution of the governor’s revocation. Both the ODB, which filed the appeal, and MLIT, which received it, are organs of the same national government. The government essentially submitted the papers with one hand and accepted them with the other. No matter how one views it, this spectacle lacks a sense of justice.

Ninety-three Japanese scholars of administrative law published a statement calling the stay of execution illegal, stating, “The Administrative Appeals Act was not intended to be used by governmental agencies to file appeals requesting administrative review.” The statement further criticized the Okinawa Defense Bureau for “impersonating a private entity” and even went so far as to say that Japan has “violated [the principles of] a nation of laws.” The fact that legal experts would make such a statement shows how utterly unjust the government’s actions have been.

The Committee for Settling National-Local Disputes is a third-party organization. It seems the issue will finally be taken to a place where an unbiased ruling can be handed down. However, the Local Autonomy Act stipulates that “[court] verdicts” and “[judicial] rulings, etc.” are outside the jurisdiction of the Committee. Therefore, Okinawa’s case could be turned down automatically.

If that happens, and the central government ends up in battle with Okinawa over the validity of the government’s decision, there will be no chance for an impartial third-party organization to have a say in the matter. Thus, doubts have arisen as to the fairness of workings within the Japanese government.

Rather than splitting hairs, what is really needed is a thorough examination of the government’s “impersonation of a private entity.”

The government’s reasoning is absurd. It claims that because it is “urgent” to remove the dangers posed by MCAS Futenma, a stay of execution is required to nullify Governor Onaga’s revocation and proceed with relocation work that will take years. If closing Futenma is so urgent, why does the government not demand operations cease there within five years, as was promised to the previous governor? Why do they not demand a halt to violations of Osprey flight rules and late-night and early-morning helicopter flights? Their logic is utterly incoherent. The Committee must investigate the government’s inconsistencies.

Governor Onaga repeated to the press that he will use “every possible means [to stop the new base construction].” Numerous legal battles are sure to come. Not because of the governor’s personal views, but because of the unwavering sentiment of the Okinawan people. The government will finally have to face the weight of the will of the Okinawan people.

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