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.

February 2017
Henoko construction has restarted.
Land Fill has also started. the Government plans to complete in 5 years. However, the Protectors at Henoko keep fighting to protect the bay. As well as a Governor of Okinawa and Mayor of Nago city have power to not being complete the construction.
Next year, January and November, there are elections for both mayor and governor. It's going to be a key for Henoko.

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15日日曜日

All Okinawa council sending a delegation to US.

All-Okinawa Council to send delegation to US on November 15 to express Okinawan opposition to new base

The 26-member delegation will visit California and Washington D.C. from November 15 to 21.
There, they will explain the current situation in Okinawa, including Governor Takeshi Onaga’s revocation of the Henoko land reclamation permit and the Okinawan people’s strong opposition to the new Henoko base construction.

They will work to convince the U.S. side to revisit the Henoko relocation plan. In addition to visiting the offices of U.S. congress members, they will also organize a demonstration in front of the White House together with members of U.S. citizens’ groups and labor unions, and are planning to hold symposia in California and Washington D.C. regarding the Futenma relocation issue.

In September, the city council of Berkeley, California passed a resolution opposing the Henoko base construction. The All-Okinawa Council delegates will meet with Berkeley city council members, and will also visit the offices of California’s congressional representatives. The delegates will also meet with San Francisco city council members to discuss the possibility of passing a similar resolution opposing the Henoko base construction in San Francisco.

In Washington D.C., the delegates will visit the offices of around 40 Congress members from both the House and the Senate, particularly those involved in U.S. military base issues, environmental issues, and Asia-Pacific policy.

Morimasa Goya, chairman of Kanehide Group, will lead the delegation. The delegates come from all areas of society, and include Okinawa prefectural assembly members, various city, town and village council members, business leaders, labor leaders, and students.

At the ceremony, delegation leader Goya stated, “All 1.4 million Okinawans share the same fervent wish. It is winter in Washington D.C. now, but the attitude of the U.S. government is sure to be even colder. But we will not give up. If we are persistent in advocating for Okinawa, there is hope.”

University students also will visit as members of All Okinawa council.

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