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28日土曜日

510 Days.....

How on earth does one measure the gravity of a single wish, pursued by many people together? On November 18, the sit-in protest in front of the gate of Camp Schwab, Henoko, Nago, by citizens opposing construction of a new U.S. base reached its 500th consecutive day.
More than 1,000 people took part in the sit-in on this day. Japanese government officials who have not been to the gates of Camp Schwab before do not know how many hours it will take to go to Henoko. Going on a weekday from the prefectural office, Naha, for example, is nearly impossible. One will only make the trip to Camp Schwab if one truly desires to do so. Not only does one need the desire, but the energy and proper circumstances in order to go. There are many people without the necessary means to make their way to Camp Schwab.
Despite the difficulty of transit, people have continued the protest for 500 consecutive days. Citizens have made their intent clear at the polls, and it would be good to see the focus of this intent implemented. Where else in the world can one find local people making such great efforts and large sacrifices for the realization of such simple, modest hopes?
Furthermore, the great efforts made by local residents do not end at the gates to Camp Schwab. The sit-in at the tent near Henoko fishery harbor has continued for 4,232 consecutive days (11 years and 7 months). Even in light of the efforts of local people, the Government of Japan (GOJ) crushes the people’s popular will with strong-arm tactics. There is nothing democratic about that.
The most marvelous part of the efforts citizens make in sparing great amounts of their time is that they remain completely non-violent.
All over the world there are movements of people who cannot help but hold out hope for what they desire, and expend extraordinary amounts of time protesting for the realization of their wishes. In many of these cases, should their resistance be trampled upon, the protesters turn to extreme conduct. Okinawa strikes a high contrast worthy of praise in that its people maintain a completely non-violent demonstration of discontent.
It is in fact the GOJ, rather than Okinawa, that displays violence in this disagreement. One protester was been knocked down and injured in the street, and another had her head submerged underwater. Ambulances have been dispatched multiple times, and on each occasion the people transported have been on the side of the protesters. Also on November 18, one citizen nearly lost consciousness while some members of the coast guard were pinning him down. How is the GOJ so uncivilized?
The GOJ is being backed into a corner. In recent days the GOJ filed a lawsuit to overturn the prefectural governor’s rejection of the landfill permit. Although many say the GOJ’s victory is a foregone conclusion, the method by which the case has been filed is questionable, making the outcome unpredictable. The Okinawa Prefectural Government also plans to file a case. There’s a good chance that the prefectural government will be able to suspend construction in accordance with the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties. If the governor of Okinawa and mayor of Nago attempt every possible method of halting construction, completion of the project will become nearly impossible.
Most importantly, domestic public opinion is in favor of Okinawa and the international community is watching Japan. The GOJ’s lack of civility appears to stem from impatience. Okinawa has justice on its side.

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